Jungle to Jungle

From the concrete jungle to one that breaths, these are the kind of recent adventures that keep me sane.

When Kyle and I were still down in Olympia we managed to escape to the bay for a few wonderful hours of kayaking with friends.  The water was mirror like, glassy in a way that deceived you into thinking it would be clear, but when you leaned over to peer in a deep murk greeted you.  Only the jelly fish, floating near the top, were visible.  We even tried to stop and check out the most recent sunk boat at the end of E dock, but the tide was too high for us to see even a ghostly outline.  All the better for me because looking into the dark green water of the sound and seeing things underneath it, clothed in barnacles and seaweed, terrifies the shit out of me.  And yet, at the same time, I can’t stop looking.  An almost addicting fear.

My new job (front of house supervisor at a restaurant in Captiol Hill) is not exactly my dream job and I was loathe to find myself working in a restaurant again (when will I grow up and get a job I really care about??) BUT, as I have said before, it is important to me to have a job I love or a job that allows me time to do what I love.  This new job is the later.  With three days off a week and my work day ending around three on the days I do work I have plenty of time to hike, snowshoe, go to yoga, and get to the climbing gym.  Last week on MLK day some of my girl friends and I made it up to Stevens Pass for a little snowshoeing trip.  This turned into less of a snowshoeing trip and more of a micro-spike trip, thanks to the awful lack of snow in the mountains, but it was beautiful none the less.

All of my days off are during the week, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.  Luckily for me I have a wonderful friend who is currently unemployed and so I have a adventure buddy for the time being.  I seriously don’t know what I will do when she finally decides to go back to work… Anyway, yesterday we got up to Snoqualmie Pass to hike Mailbox Peak.  This hike is supposed to be one of the hardest hikes in the Cascades, in spite of the fact that it is only 2.5 miles long.  It make only be 2.5 miles long but in those 2.5 miles you ascend 4,000 feet, making this one tough cookie.  I say that with a slight reservation though; after the AT almost nothing seems that steep anymore.  If it doesn’t involve hand over hand climbing, slick granite, gnats swarming your face, and no views at the top, I don’t consider it back or morale breaking.  With that being said it was steep by west coast standards, and confusing due to the fact that people have created a vast network of social trails to try to improve upon the original trail’s terrible grade.  But it was a beautiful hike, even though we were greeted by clouds at the top instead of amazing views.  Luckily, I’m a Northwesterner, I like clouds.

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4 thoughts on “Jungle to Jungle

  1. I’m wondering if there is an affordable place to camp with a pop-up in the area around Olympia, since you mention working there? We are going to be road-tripping for a couple of months and would like to see a friend in Olympia, but I haven’t figured out where we can camp. I’m enjoying your blogs. Do you follow The Blonde Coyote? She does a lot of road-tripping, camping, hiking, backpacking.

    1. I do not know the blonde coyote, I’ll have to look her up! I am actually from Olympia and I know there are some campgrounds pretty close to town, let me look into it a little closer/ ask my mom because moms know everything.

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