View from the base up the butte
I am out of shape!
Doug firs dotted with lichen
I'm entering the cloud layer
This is where it starts to look like Skyrim
This is normally a beautiful view, but we are surrounded with cloud
One or two more switchbacks and I'm there
The county's summit marker
Soundtrack for the climb back down
Every surface is a garden
Can you see it as I can? The clouds are parting and showing the way off the butte
The clouds are peeling away. See? I told you it was beautiful.
Doug fir bark is so thick, it can shield the Heartwood from forest fires
Back through the forest
Snowberries. You can eat them, but they taste either like nothing or like soap. Anyway leave them be. They're pretty
Uprooted Doug. You can see some folks have climbed the exposed roots
It was a hard climb for me because I've been too busy to hike lately, but my hike back down has been wonderful. I feel so energized and glad I did this. It was so beautiful to all my senses
Dang even the porta potty at the end smelled minty fresh. What a great hike
@interneteh oh man. if there's anything i know abt skyrim you need to be on high alert for bears
@interneteh oh wow that's incredibly beautiful
@interneteh i'd casually written off stuff down there but now i wanna go see :)
@interneteh thanks for taking these photos and sharing them I really appreciate getting to see this place I'm not at
and thanks @amphetamine for boosting them
@emsenn Agreed. We'd go hiking in our own area, which is in the mountains of NC, but we really don't have that kind of energy.
@KitsuneAlicia I found out that by walking the train tracks I can get to the forest by only walking 3 furlongs, instead of 14!
@KitsuneAlicia And the walk is better because there's people who walk on the sidewalks the longer way, and in the forest, jogging and stuff, but walking down the train tracks, get to be all by myself for a little bit!
@KitsuneAlicia I'd take photos but I try and my phone goes OH let me focus on nothing! so i just get bad blurs
@emsenn Wow. That's... oddly worse than our cheap little phone that lacks autofocus in the first place.
We can take pictures up to 2560x1920 on this dinky little $80 LG Leon LTE of ours, but we'll be damned if we can hold it still enough for the pictures to not actually be blurry.
@KitsuneAlicia Yea mine is some software error because it used to take perfectly acceptable photos and now after you press to take a photo it spends 2-3 seconds (legit that long) trying to focus and then gives up and takes a shot of <blobs>
@emsenn of course! I love sharing hikes
@interneteh great pics, sounds like an awesome hike
@interneteh you’re making me miss the PNW 😭
@interneteh I've always wondered!
@noctiluca they are also called soapberries. They contain surfactants and indigenous people would use them as cleanser
@interneteh It's so gorgeous. Just looking at those trees takes me back to so many good hikes in that clean air.
@interneteh I mean, you *are* on the edge (aka the rim) of the sky atm...
@interneteh On your way up the 7,000 Steps again, Klimmek?
@interneteh oh shit oh fuck look out for the troll
@pinkosock its ok I leveled up
@interneteh oh heck yeah fireball that mf
@pinkosock I shouted him into pieces.
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