At the end of the summer, I am going to meet Ryan in Portugal and walk with him to Santiago, Spain on the Portuguese Route of the Camino de Santiago. So I have been "in training" getting used to a new backpack and carrying more weight than I usually carry while hiking. Luckily, I don't have to carry a lot because we will be staying in albergues (hostels) and we will be walking through towns everyday, so I don't have to carry several weeks worth of food and water. Nor do I need to carry a tent or extensive sleeping bags etc.
|My Portuguese phrase book, Camino Map and my Credential|
|Just an oversized day pack really!|
|On the Green River Trail for Hikeathon|
|Green River Trail on a Sunny Sunday|
So on Sunday, August 14th, I did 4 miles on the Green River Trail wearing my Camino Backpack.
On Monday, August 15th I traveled over to Bellevue to hike around the Mercer Slough Nature Trails. I did the Heritage Trail, The Bellefields Trail and the Lake to Lake Trail for a total of 2 miles of hiking.
|Lots of folks out on the water trail today!!|
|Flowering shrubs near the boardwalk|
Unfortunately, the Blueberry Farm Farmstand is CLOSED on Mondays. So I did not get to pick any blueberries (although I did notice that some folks were just walking in and picking some for themselves anyway) or purchase any produce for my dinner. I had to go to the Safeway Grocery Store instead. Not much fun in that.
August 16th found me at Seward Park in Seattle. I hiked for 2 miles around this park in the city on the loop trail and Sqebeqsed Trail
|I wish I could have gone in the water|
August 17th Dash Point Park, 2 more miles!! The backpack is just second nature to me now. I think it will work out splendidly in Portugal.
|evidence of logging in Dash Point Park|
|The Beach at Dash Point Park|
|Container ship headed for the Port at Tacoma|
I've done 28.5 miles so far this month and we have raised $739 dollars!! Thanks so much to Angele!! They finally credited your donation!
For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon Many thanks to for their donations this week!!