…so that old saying goes, right? Last weekend was consumed by overnight work (which my team does on a regular basis)…so while the work shift itself wasn’t super long, it hung over my head all weekend and I couldn’t mentally relax and unwind.
THIS weekend was time to let loose. You could feel the energy at work on Friday. The sun was out and it was pretty warm outside (mid 50s!). Ohhhh, the promise of spring! Many people took the afternoon off just to cut loose. After last weekend’s work, we all were ready for REAL weekends!
So much for that warm Friday afternoon…yesterday Mother Nature slapped her big ol’ reminder on us that it’s WINTER. Wet, biting cold. And SNOW where I ended up later!
See the “bald spot” on the top of the ridge in the background? That’s where I hiked on Saturday with two women from the Lean Eating program I’ve been involved in since last July!
C, G and I met in the parking lot of Issaquah High School which you can see in the picture at right. The trail head is just a short walk away! And the top of that ridge is called…wait for it…Poo Poo Point! More on that later.
We were originally planning to do an urban-style easy hike (more of a walk, really) at Carkeek Park in north Seattle. But one of the women was driving in from eastern Washington, and the last hop into Seattle would have added an extra hour to her drive. So, Issaquah it was! Not too far off of I-90 once you head westbound over the mountains.
I was grateful C and G were open to a somewhat-later start. We met up at 11:00am and were on our way by 11:30. This hike was 8 miles round trip with a near 1700′ elevation gain. We even had C’s Boxer mix, Hank, along for the journey too! Adorable.
The trail was in great condition – a little muddy in places but nothing a good pair of hiking boots can’t handle. MAN oh man…those switchbacks! I got a good, stiff wakeup call that the treadmill and doing intervals at the gym is NO comparison to some good, butt-kicking uphill switchbacks. I had to stop and catch my breath a few more times than C and G needed to and felt bad, but they were very understanding. There was NO way we weren’t going to make it to the top!
And the top – WOW. This is paragliding and hang gliding heaven right here! Too cold for any of that action today but in the summer this place is hopping! You just run and launch right off the ridge! No railings down there at all.
I took in the views and watched the fog roll and swirl so rapidly – kept changing by the second!
And later, it started to snow. So beautiful!
Now, you’re probably still wondering…why the heck is it called POO POO Point? Kinda makes you giggle a little, right?
Well, I learned that the name comes from the sound the steam whistles would make when signaling the loggers. Yeah I guess that could sound like a POO POO of sorts?
Now seeing THIS kinda freaked me out a little. A few other girls were there, walking WAY down the slope of the ridge and laughing, taking pictures of each other. Ummm…NO THANKS! That kinds of stuff makes my heart pound and not in a good way. What was hilarious was that they were decked out in San Francisco 49ers gear head to toe. Including red backpacks.
Am I the only one who thinks it’s a little morbidly funny that girls in 49ers gear were standing on the edge of a cliff deep in Seahawks country? Death wish much? I was wearing my Super Bowl XLVIII champs knit hat and hoped they noticed! Ha ha.
It only took an hour and a half to get back down to the high school parking lot. What an adventure! It’s definitely one I will do again!
Later that evening I went to a party at my dear friend P’s house. She had recently returned from an incredible few month’s of travel in Belize, Australia and New Zealand! She cooked us food from all 3 countries (ceviche! Kangaroo sliders! Pavlova for dessert!). YUM. And had her incredible pictures displayed in a slide show on her TV.
Check out Alaskagirlatheart.com to see them for yourself!