Adventure time in the North Cascades! Our 12 mile hike that we planned for Larch Lake yesterday ended up being 21 miles, a 3,000 foot gain in elevation, 12 hours and only seeing Julius Lake. And it would have been longer if not for the kindness of a beautiful soul named Zeke who will be getting a thank you card and care package from the 4 of us. My best friend and her husband laughed at me when I told them we were going on a 12 mile hike, and rightfully so after playing a volleyball tournament the day before. It was about mile 6 that I couldn’t feel my legs or butt anymore. And about mile 9 after 3 miles on a steep incline with one more to go that I finally started having legit pain. I’d say mile 15 was when I would have done anything to get off the mountain.
Things I learned: Do research on more than one trail hiking website. Take the Aleve the first time you say you need to, not when you finally remember at the end of the hike. Your body will put up with a lot more than you think it will. Freeze dried meals aren’t that bad. And hiking poles are amazing. Today, all I can say is I made it out of bed this morning to work not feeling nearly as awful as I thought I would and managed to make some lovely pictures of fall colors.