Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, Glen Pops Freeman!
On day one, clouds lingered low in the sky, but retained any rain that could damper our enjoyment of the day. We ventured to Discovery Park to run a little loop that allowed us to soak up the beauty of the forest and the undulations of the Puget Sound's coastline.
The following day we ventured to the Tiger Mountain of Fleet Foxes fame. The run to the top was great, a little over 3 miles with about 1,700 ft of vertical. After I made my way back down I circled the lake at the bottom, running about 11 miles on the morning.
|Looking from Tiger's summit to Squak Mtn|
|Smooth trail=fast, fun run|
Our go-to coffee spot in Seattle quickly became Milstead & Co. Its situated on 34th Ave & Troll Ave. Troll Avenue sits beneath a bridge, and what bridge is complete without a 15 foot tall troll?!
|The troll of Troll Ave|
The following day we climbed aboard a ferry to Bainbridge Island. The views from the ferry were truly remarkable. Mt Rainer, to the southwest, appeared to be on a different planet rising, literally, 14,000 feet above us. Mt Baker to the north was completely covered in snow and looking incredibly impressive scraping the sky. The skyline was cool, too.
|Dan, Vince, and myself aboard the ferry.|
I must digress for just a moment: Vince and I were driving through the Freemont neighborhood of northern Seattle when, on the sidewalk out my window I saw a familiar stride running. I turned onto the next road and parked on the sidewalk, further examining the runner. As he approached, both of our faces filled with awe, as we realized who we had so fortuitously happened upon. It turned out my friend Dan, who I knew for just a matter of days back at the Grand Canyon, had just made his way to Seattle for a visit a couple of days prior. Truly, truly bizzare. It was great to get to spend a couple of days with some great friends.
Dan, Vince, Travis, and I went to see a great group of folks play music Wednesday. Caravan of Thieves was the name, I had the pleasure of seeing a couple of years ago in Asheville, and they put on an entertaining performance that I would encourage anyone to check out.
Friday I said farewell to the friends after a 5 mile outing at Deception Point, and made my way out onto the Olympic Peninsula. I stopped as soon as possible to run in the Lower Dungeness Wilderness, just outside of Sequim, and did about 13 miles on soaking wet, brilliantly green, leaf-covered trails before making my way to Port Angeles for the night.
|Bald Eagle, unfortunate to just have my phone camera.|
|Appalachians or Olympics?!|
The facemeltingly beautiful peaks of the Olympic mountains and their proximity to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which leads to the Pacific, left me restless throughout the night in anticipation of Saturday's run up to Mount Angeles. The route is a 12.5 mile loop that gains a little over 4,000 ft. It passes through dense, damp, dark forest, into beautiful sub-alpine meadows surrounded by snowy pines, and then ultimately to craggy, scree-covered ridges. Here are some pictures from the outing:
|The trail is the snow wrapping to the left of the pines|
|View northwest towards the Pacific|
|My destination, Klahhane Ridge, in the distance across a lot of snow|
|Faint view of the trail on which I came.|
|The only other hiker I saw kindly took a picture. Mount Angeles in the back.|
|Looking south into Olympic National Park from Klahhane Ridge|
|Me and Mount Angeles|
|I followed goat tracks nearly the entire time I was in the snow.|
|Kitty tracks were plentiful, too|
|A lot of beautiful forest on the descent.|
Sunday morning I went out for about 15 miles on the Adventure Trail, which is just west of P.A, and then made my way back to Seattle to head back home.
|Looking towards Port Angeles with Klahhane Ridge rising high behind|
|Sunset by the sea|
|Sea life as seen in an aquarium...|
|Mountains look incredible from an airplane.|
Week In Review:
4 miles at Discovery Park, :40 minutes, 600 ft
Tiger Mountain, 11 miles, 1:25, 1,800 ft
AM- 5 mile loop on Deception Point with Vince, :40 minutes, 600 ft
PM- 13 miles in Lower Dungeness Wilderness, 2:30, 1,800 ft
12.5 loop up to Klahhane Ridge, 1:35 up, 2:45 total, 4,200 ft
15 mile out-and back on the Adventure Trail, 2:10, 1,500 ft
Totals: 60.5 miles, 10 hours, 10,500 ft
Notes: Running at or around sea-level is awesome!
Thanks for reading!