Monday, September 23, 2013

Hiking Mt. Ellinor...

Last Wednesday Rue and I headed out for an afternoon hike up Mt. Ellinor in Olympic National Forest right on the edge of the National Park.  I had to work until 11:30am so it was a rush to get home, grab lunch and our packs and drive over there.  It is only 1.6 miles to the top from the upper trail head, not too bad at all but it is a hike UP that just doesn't quit!  We started the hike at 2:30pm and got to the top at 5:15pm. 

There was thick fog the entire way up.  We saw three separate groups of people coming down and they all said we weren't going to see much and we weren't going to see anything at the top.  I was a little disappointed but determined to go all the way to the top anyway.  This was my third time doing this hike and I had yet to get to the top.  The first time was when Daniel was only a few months old, I was carrying him in the snuggly and it was a HOT day, in the high 80's.  It was just way to hot for me and for him.  The second time Daniel was about 2 and I carried him on my back.  But we had a time constraint and had to be back by a certain time and I was just going way to slow with all the weight.  This time with Rue was just right.  Even though it was foggy be both agreed it was just so wonderful to be out in the mountains together just the two of us.  We really needed it. 

It didn't rain but the dense fog actually got us wet.   
Sweet little rabbit. Rue was accessing the amount of meat we could get off of it in a survival situation.  :)
Looking down into the fog.
Looking up into the fog.
Can you see him?  Heading towards the summit.  
The fog made everything so quiet and muffled.  It was eery yet thrilling to see all the dark shapes in the fog.  At about this point I whispered a little prayer that God might let the clouds part a little bit at the top so I could get at least one picture.
At the top!
Rue snapped this picture of me at the top with his iPod.  FINALLY made it to the top!  
Summit all fogged in. Not much to see until...
...I noticed the clouds looking different and all of a sudden a mountain appeared right in front of us! 
Looking down to a snowfield.
The clouds just kept swirling and just when something would get covered up again something new would appear.  It was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced in the mountains.  God was putting on a show for us and it was quite a show! 
The pictures just simply cannot do justice to how magnificent it was!  I knew God could answer my little prayer but the fact that He answered it the way He did took my breath away!  
We could even see Seattle! Believe it or not it's in the middle of this picture.  
And the clouds continued to dance.
I zoomed in as far as I could.  The two little white dots in the middle of the picture are a momma goat and her baby.
I could have lingered forever but sadly it was 5:45 and we needed to head down to beat the sunset. 

 Places that had been completely covered in fog on the way up we could now see clearly coming down.  

Even Mt. Rainier came out to play!  Amazing!
Hood Canal and Mt. Rainier.
Looking down to Lake Cushman.

If this ends up being our last hike of this year then I am content. I was feeling a little bit like I hadn't gotten any real spectacular hikes in this summer, although I had gotten in some very lovely hikes.  This hike was spectacular to say the least.  To be sitting on top of a mountain with the love of my life and watching a show only God could produce...I couldn't have asked for anything more.  Well, more time maybe.  :)
Here is a 3 minute video of the swirling clouds.  Once again it doesn't do justice to actually being there but it's still pretty.  :)

1 comment:

Ashley Dunlap said...

These are beautiful photos, you've got a great eye!