Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It Was One Foot In Front of the Other

Today we were awake and up before sunrise.  I asked Terri what she thought about heading up to Salmon La Sac for an early morning hike.  We took off around 6:30 and were at the trailhead by 7:30.  We stopped at the bridge over the Salmon La Sac River and made a quick tour of the  campgrounds there.
The highlight of Terri's day.

Here's a few shots from the bridge over the river.  The sun is just starting to hit the tops of the trees.

We drove a half mile up a dirt road to the trailhead for 3 hiking paths.  We randomly choose trail 1311 which follows the canyon that Cooper River flows through.

These are few shots of the river at the beginning of the hike.  I could tell by all the descending rapids that the hike was going to have a fairly steep elevation gain.  That proved to be true when the trail was 300-400 feet above the river.  For the next two miles we could only hear or catch a small pieces of the river far below.

 Terri could hardly wait to get her feet into the river.

After 2 1/2 miles we could hear the river getting closer to the trail and we began to descend to find a great spot for our mid-hike rest.

That's me yawning beside the river.  I should just be getting up. 
 I thought we were retired.

Terri soaking her feet in the ice cold river at last.

Time for a little rest riverside.  Terri said she could have fallen asleep right on that rock.  Just don't turn over in your sleep.

The hike back was easier with all the downhill trail.  We were back to the car by 11:00 after a 5 mile / 3 1/2 hour morning hike.  I'm glad we started early because by 11:00 it was already in the low 80's.

On the drive back we stopped in Roslyn and had sandwiches for lunch.  We walked all 2 blocks of the town.

Square dance friends Russ & Ruth Richardson arrived at Circle 8 while we were hiking.  We went into Cle Elum with them this evening for some great Mexican food.   It was a very good dinner.  We are back home tonight to write the blog and for Terri to read.

It was another very good day for the Rangers.

1 comment:

  1. More beautiful pictures (except the one where you are yawning). You are very energetic. And probably very tired tonight.