Friday, August 17, 2018

Car Troubles during Hike-a-thon 2018

So I had car trouble this year! The last time I had car trouble during hike-a-thon, It was in 2007 and I got stuck over on the Olympic Peninsula and had to be towed home via the ferry! 

This time, we caught it early. It just derailed a few of my summer plans. I had to cancel my trip to Paris and stay home to get some maintenance things done on the car. New brakes, new air filters, new belts, some fluid flushing....

New brakes front and rear, that's gonna take all day

got a loaner car while my car is in the shop so that I can still drive out to trailheads for hiking

I picked up a trip to Denver (to help pay for the car repair) and I hiked 2 miles on the Cherry Creek Trail.This is majorly a bike trail and goes right through down town Denver.

The brick building on the right at the end is an REI flagship store, I might have stopped in for a moment....they were having their Garage Sale! 

Then back at home, I hiked 2 miles on the Alki Beach Trail around West Seattle. It was a relief to come home to cooler temperatures.

You can barely see the 2 cruise ships across the Bay at Pier 91

low tide along the Alki Beach trail
With my car out of commission and using a loaner, I did not want to put a lot of miles on the loaner and the air quality in the Seattle area has been really bad also. So I only did 2 miles on the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail here in West Seattle. It was nice to be in the shade along the creek. And even during the road walk portion, there are interesting things to see!

Interesting views along the road walk

I don't know what that is!!

So far my hike-a-thon total is 14.8 miles and we have raised $452 dollars!  Thanks so much to Yosemite MJD and prairie dog for their recent donations!! And just a reminder to you guys, a donation of 1 dollar or 5 dollars is just as important as a donation of 25 or 50 dollars. It is the accumulation that makes all the difference. If the dollar amount was all it was about, I would just ask one person to donate $500. But that is not the point. The point is for all of us to come together and help a little bit as a group. Thank you to EVERYONE who donates !! 

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!! Does anyone have a favorite trail near Williamsburg, VA or near Asheville, NC? Let me know about it.

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

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