1 Out on a splendid Mother's Day weekend hike up Mt. Walker on the western side of the Hood Canal.
2 It's a 5.5 mile hike (if you include both viewpoints at the top) and 2000' elev.
3 The kids - Ben especially - were tired before they even started. It was a warm, lazy Saturday and they'd had a nice farm breakfast before driving over. Ben still has a cold so he was pretty logey and ready to take a doze when we arrived.
4 But the fresh air and scenic views pepped us all up pretty quickly.
5 And Sam found this new friend!
6 He was so brave picking it up! Daddy was saying "If we don't know what it is we shouldn't pick it up."
7 Daddy carried Eagle up the trail for Benji :)
8 Sam says - no more pictures!
9 But it's funny face time!
10 Lunch time!
11 They were tired but they really did a great job. Just an hour and a half to walk up the steep 20% grade.
12 Looking out at Mt. Baker, a dormant volcano.
13 Then over to the south viewpoint.
18 From here you can see all the way to Seattle, Rainier, and Mt. St. Helens!
19 Eagle loved the view, too!
21 Walking back down, now. Then to JJs for clam chowder and ice cream at Mora. Such a nice day! Thank you, gentlemen!
22 Here we are, hiking away! Ben looks like Dick Proenekke here (see "Alone in the Wildnerness" films if you haven't already.)
23 But I had researched snakes from Hawaii knowing I wouldn't have time to consult my smart phone if the moment presented itself. So I was pretty sure it was ok. Sam just grabbed it like he used to grab lizards!
24 The view from the top. None of the pictures really do it justice.