I had the privilege and pleasure of taking the month of August off from my day job to finish a bunch of hiking research for a side project that I'm working on. It was productive, exhausting, and a total blast. I did some day hikes and a handful of two- and three-day backpacking trips. In northern Washington I went west to Orcas Island and east as far as Tonasket, as far south as the Columbia River, and many spots in between.
|Three-day trip up the Suiattle River to Miner's Ridge,|
with views of Glacier Peak
|Spotted many grouse, especially in eastern Washington|
|Went over the Entiat River Valley for my first time.|
So pretty over there!
|Sometimes I hiked solo, and sometimes with friends.|
Did an overnight and two day hikes with Alice!
|View from Monument 83 in the Pasayten Wilderness|
|I got to hang with a couple of|
my sweet little nieces.
|Elliot Bay sail boat race with friends.|
|Work team building event--sailing cruise!|
|Swam in Lake Washington on a|
warm night as the sun set, then
watched the moon rise over the water.