Saturday, August 06, 2011
First couple of hikes for Hike-a-thon 2011
August 1st: First day of hikeathon in Oakland, CA, I hiked 4 miles in Redwood Regional Park, with little dips into Joaquin Miller Park and Roberts Regional Recreation Area. Found 14 letterboxes along the West Ridge Trail, Tres Sendas Trail, The Big Tree Trail, Robert Ridge Trail and others!
The next day found me back in Seattle and I hiked along the Green River Trail to and from the Russell Woods park trailhead for 2 miles. I walked down to the Neely Soames House and back. The Neely Soames House was built in the 1800's and is one of the oldest homes in Kent. It is listed on the State Register of Historic Homes. It can be rented for parties or events and the gardens are open to the public year-round. This year is the 10th anniversary of the house being open to the public and they are having an open house with tours and stuff on August 21st.
The Green River Trail in this area is closed to bicycle traffic. A line of giant sandbags marches down the trail straight down the middle! This is to protect from flooding. The Howard Hanson dam up stream is awaiting repairs and the sandbags will be up until the dam is repaired. The bags were put up in 2009, so it has already been 2 years.
Wednesday, The Interurban Trail in North Seattle generally follows the route once used by the Interurban Trolley that ran from downtown Seattle to Everett from 1910 through 1939. I hiked 2 miles along a section in Shoreline. Saw some really neat public art called Flipbook by Jennifer Dixon.
The next day, I met up with Cari, Sandi and some other friends at Squires Lake in Alger, WA. At this letterboxing mecca, I was able to log 47 finds!! That's over 10 per mile during our 4.5 mile hike.We hiked around the lake and up to the Pacific Northwest trail. Had some great views back down to I-5!!
Today, I put in a mile on the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. Not much, I know, but every little bit counts and it can all add up to bigger things! Just like that one dollar I have asked everyone who reads this to send. Only one dollar from everyone who reads this blog can add up to hundreds!!
I haven't hiked with Ryan yet, but maybe later on in the month.You can still support both of us with our hike-a-thon for Washington Trails Association.
Our Team Page
So far we have raised $641 and I have hiked 13.5 miles