Funny thing, how weary legs seem to revive after walking around a bit. But, of course, it proved to be a false revival. In addition to flat legs, the slope was south facing and it felt as hot as Phoenix in July. Sweat began to pour, stinging eyes and streaking sunglasses with rivulets of salt water.
|At this point I'm guessing the trail will take us up and over the above mountain. We push on...|
|Getting closer....but oh so slowly. Did I mention how hot it was???|
|Steep!!!! and Loose!!!|
|Looking down and cross-valley. Our car is at the bottom (sigh).|
Our trail abruptly changed course, veering left and away from the mountain I thought (feared) we were headed for. Just as I breathed a sigh of relief, another mountain grew out of the horizon. God. WTF?
|You can grasp how steep it is by the angle of the trees against the slope|
|Climbing higher, and higher, and higher. Unrelenting verticality...|
2,000 vertical feet higher, Bobbie and I meet a young couple and their dog coming down. We must of looked like we just spent two hours in a sauna. They took pity and mustered words of encouragement: "Almost there." Needing a breather, I asked them where they were from. Turns out they drove all night from Evergreen to hike this trail. Of course you did. Youth. No limits, no boundaries.
Finally, over the next rise, sopping wet and dreading the descent, we laid eyes on the prize...
|Heading down, down, down...|
Panorama: Scroll Right...🔜