Amanda and her mom at Eklutna Lake.Ben and I made it a few miles up power line trail. This is looking back towards town.One of the lakes a few miles up power line. He ran, I biked. I was tired. He didn’t seem to notice the fatigue at all.
We took a quick 4 day trip to Kona to visit my dad. Day one was mostly travel, but we got a beautiful sunset even from the plane. The moon could even be seen in the top left corner. We took this to be a good sign for the upcoming trip.As soon as we arrived, we had to play with the dogs. My dad has the kind of relationship with his dogs like we have with ours.
The weather may have been a little wet, but the temperature was a bit higher than it was in Anchorage. The trip also included a lot of fruit. Papayas from the yard or lilikoi mimosas, fruit was a major part!
We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.
What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Standard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:
More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.
One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Not enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!The last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.
I love Colorado. I think this is Mount Adams, but it was a long time ago. You can drive to the summit, but there is a small hike from a few thousand feet below. The alpine lakes are only ice free for a couple of months and fishing those lakes is amazing. The biggest drawback to hanging out in Colorado is the lack of fires that are allowed. The wildfires can be terrible there. But the hiking, fly fishing, and being outside is fantastic there.
When I was in Brazil I hiked into the rainforest and would swim under these beautifulwaterfalls. Some local kids were there wondering why these non locals were wandering into the forest on their own. They followed us into the jungle. Communication was difficult as they didn’t speak any English. After a couple different waterfalls I kept inviting them in to swim and they constantly refused. I didn’t think anything of it. Eventually we saw a small snake and through hand signals, I think they said that they don’t swim in the creeks because of the large snakes that could eat you. That made me pause and remember where I was. Holy shit. 20 foot anacondas. Man eaters. I had no thought of that while giddily jumping off waterfalls into unknown pools.
A few future nurses headed out to explore on our spring break. We were fresh from school and recently completed an ACLS course. Feeling like being outside, I took the dogs (Obi’s first hike), and we met at the trailhead. It starts off easily enough through the trees.Not long after that, the views really expand and the hiking gets a little more strenuous. It was nice to be sweating in the sunshine when we should be knee deep in snow. It was still March after all.When we first arrived at the lake, it was mesmerizing. I love the alpine lakes. The water was calm, clear and looked good for fishing (which is always on the back of my mind). We were amazed that there was no snow to be seen. It wouldn’t have been surprising if the lake had ice on it this time of year.I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Panoramas were almost as popular as selfies this day.
I am not afraid to admit that I was given a selfie stick and I used it. The BSB (blue shirt boys) were in full effect on this hike.Thanks as always to my hiking companions that show up and don’t complain. Also, if you hike in Washington State, you probably know about WTA, but if not, check them out as they have more information than you will know what to do with. Become a member.
Having a Monday off, Hoang, Lando, and I decided to head out for a small local hike. We always like to find new places, so we chose Cherry Creek Falls from the Washington Trails Association website. It was a beautiful and easy hike in. Don’t forget to turn immediately after the largest creek crossing.
We were immediately greeted by this astonishing view.
When the sun came out, we loved being in the water.
Hoang couldn’t help himself and had to climb to the top of the falls to check his Instagram. While he was up there, this Water Ouzel kept me thoroughly entertained. Check out the hungry mouths that had to constantly be fed!
All in all I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a close and easy hike near Seattle. Waterfalls, wildlife, and we never saw another person at the falls. Know of any other great hikes in the area? Leave them in the comments. Thanks!