After a disappointing trek in Turkey in March, we were super excited to do some more backpacking. We were itching to compare our luxurious, well groomed, wonderful hiking trails in the U.S. National Park to the confusing, rocky, scrubby, "Grade 1" goat paths we had been suffering on the Lycian Way. Oh, we knew how spoiled we were with the U.S. Parks, Forest, and Wilderness. But boy oh boy how sweet it is to be so spoiled!
|Friendly forest creatures; What do you mean there aren't any goats?|
|Home Sweet Home|
I'd like to say we're model wilderness citizens. We do our best. We carry a bear canister for our food, pack out all our trash, as well as other's trash we find along the way. We leave our campsites cleaner than we found them. But our box of wine just didn't fit into our bear barrel, and so some critter finished our half-box of wine for us. Sad. Poor little drunk racoons...We are so embarassed to admit this. On top of that, upon packing up our camp, we found bear wires just past our campsite. We could have easily hung our wine and kept the forest creatures a little more sober...
|Lush Olympic Hiking|
So we decided to hike back to the car and resupply (more wine) and go out to the coast for our next hike.
|The changing beach hike|
|Beach wilderness can be challenging|
|Lots of ups and downs|
Nevertheless, when negotiating the beach sections you must be wary of the tides. When we were crossing a beach section, we had to wait for the waves so we could scramble along the beach and keep our feet dry. At one point, while rushing to time the waves, Robin slipped climbing over a wet log, almost hitting her head on a beach boulder. As I rushed back to help her up and encourage her to stand due to the incoming sea water it was clear she was a bit stunned. In trying to catch herself, she wrenched her shoulder in what later turned out to be a rotator cuff injury.
|Home Sweet Home again - not TOO wet despite all the rain|
|OK, not TOO wet as long as you carry some wine!|
|Washington Coast sea stacks|
|Perfectly fun obstacles; but boy does it hurt when you slip and fall|
|Tide Pool Life|
|Did I mention the ups and downs?|
|At least they left us aids for the cliff-climbing|
We love Hiking!!! And when you do it in the pissing rain and cold, you might have the whole world to yourself :)