|The Nature Squad|
|Anna in The Wild|
*On our way to the car*
Anna: Are there going to be barbecues there?
Me: No Anna, there will not be barbecues there. Smh.
|Lauren & Jim|
We finally made the trailhead around 3pm for a sunny start. We wound our way through the trees and past a creek and Anna was doing great, soaking it all in. A few water breaks and photoshoots in and I'd noticed how much I'd gotten used to a very dry climate over on the east side. I'd really missed these lush forests.. It was incredibly refreshing to be back here and alongside my best friends.
*Near a hollow stump*
Anna: I was thinking.. of all people to get lost in the woods with, I'm pretty much with a wilderness guide and a certified EMT.
|We must wash our dishes Anna|
After a quick hour of hiking, we spotted the southern tip of the lake. I was instantly excited, I'd already been here twice before and knew of the best campsite there and the best spot to swim off of. We dropped our stuff, set up my tent and set off in our sports bras for the lake with our cameras and a few beers.
The night went on with laughs and sips of beer with chili for dinner. We played cards over girl talk and took swings from our bottle of Jim Beam. Life was good.
|Goooood morning, Washington!|
Anna's first overnight hike, swim in an alpine lake, dinner sans the barbecue.. was a complete success. I had not realized how much I'd missed the northwest lifestyle with great hikes as little as 30 minutes away from Seattle. And most of all, I really missed Anna and Lauren. Cheers to them, hiking, bears, good beer, blueberries, and Lake Talapus :). ⤲