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Slowly on the PCT

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Sometimes a quick hike is needed (and by quick I don’t mean fast, rather….a mostly unplanned/last-minute/let’s get in the van and go hike). So we did our morning appointments and chores, and then headed for the mountains for a few hours, making the trailhead actually before noon 😉

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Monday was a cooler day, not as cold as Sunday, but Rainier was still making her own weather. I chose the PCT at Chinook Pass, which is on the Eastern Crest, to keep it a bit nicer. Mid-60’s in the sun, a breeze about half the time and while some bugs, it was tolerable (no buzzing in the ears/covered in them/running down the trail screaming while slapping yourself….)

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The sun halo was amazing and massive that my oldest spotted.

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Low snow year brings on early wildflowers, in a quick rush.

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With school out, I have all 3 of my boys with me now for hikes. I love that!

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Mentioning the low snow year, that also means you see Avalanche Lilies pushing up right next to Lupine and Paintbrush. There isn’t the usual progression, rather a massive rush to bloom before the water dries up.

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Alistaire is finding his little hiking groove this year. At 3, he is getting sturdy legs under him and he toodles along, keeping an actual pace now.

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So many wildflowers….I always feel fortunate when I luck into prime bloom.

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I find it a happy thing watching the 3-year-old contemplate a tiny water crossing. He wouldn’t want to get his non-LNT blaze orange shoes wet 😉

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Had it been a bit warmer, and later in the season for less bugs, I’d have let the boys go wading.

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We arrived at the lake to clouds rolling over Naches Peak. Thankfully with a nice breeze, which blew the bugs away here.

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The two younger never seem to stop – the Teen was OK with a rest 😉

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I do wonder just how low will the lake get by end of summer. It already had a beach and the meadows around are dry.

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Three boys, dwarfed by the ridge above them.

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The hillsides coming back smelled wonderful in the late afternoon sun.

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One little boy, lost in thought, walking with him is a sweet thing.

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