Tuesdays with Mindy: Saddle Mountain Hike
This was going to be a post about the Pedalpalooza Star Wars vs. Star Trek bike ride on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 but we couldn’t rally the motivation what with the relentless rain. Instead we spent the entire day using up a bunch of coupons before they expired. Yay for consumerism.
Instead, I’ll give you some fun pictorial glances of our trip to the Oregon Coast for Father’s Day. We had lunch, walked on the beach and then hiked about a mile up Saddle Mountain, which is inside the Tillamook State Forest in Clatsop County – just a jog off of Highway 26. Then up a ridiculously rutted and curvy mountain road, which apparently they are paving all this week. The park is closed June 20th-28th. Check out more details on the website.
It was getting too late and foggy to make reaching the peak a desired outcome, but we managed to snap some incredible pictures of the Tillamook forest and valley below. Everything was insanely green and muddy, but there were surprisingly few grumblings. We took to calling some of the more notorious spots where people had laid down logs in order to pass “Bogs of Eternal Stench” and quoting Ludo with “smells bad.”
Pleased to announce that my new knee brace and a walking stick provided by Dan made the hike bearable. Yes – I have the knee troubles. It’s a sign of old age and too much exercise. 🙂 But really, despite the pain, I would not miss these awesome opportunities to enjoy the natural scenery the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Since we’ll be spending a week in Rockaway in July for my 29th birthday (holy shit I AM getting old), we’ve made an official goal of reaching the top to get a 360 degree view to the Pacific Ocean.
I mean, it looks like this up there:
The pretty spring flowers and deep rich green colors will most likely be gone by then, but that means the fogs will probably have lifted as well. Can’t think of a better birthday present than achieving that particular view.