Wow. May just totally flew by, didn’t it? Methinks a recap is in order.
May 17th, also known as Norwegian Constitution Day – I had hoped the parade in Ballard (the “Norwegian” part of Seattle and home to what is supposedly the biggest May 17th parade outside of Norway) would calm my homesickness, but alas – it just made it worse. The parade really doesn’t feel like the parades back home. Next year we should just climb some little mountain and plant the Norwegian flag on top ;)
Speaking of mountains, we’ve been able to do some hiking this month. Mark, a flickr friend (I know, we’re such nerds), took us along on one of his dawn patrol outings up to Rattlesnake Ledge. Our goal was to watch the sunrise, and this entailed getting up at THREE IN THE MORNING. It was worth it though – even with a rather lacklustre sunrise – because I have never had a better start to my day.
Oh, and I confirmed once and for all that I am the slowest hiker on the planet. Not that it really matters, but it was just a wee bit embarrassing that Mark could run up the whole trail, leaving me wheezing in the dust. I am very grateful to JK for having the patience to walk at a snail’s pace with me.
Even though I am slow, I am finally starting to get in better shape – so we decided to finally hike Mount Si. I absolutely love this mountain. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but it was used in the opening credits for Twin Peaks (my all-time favorite show).
I had heard a lot of negative things about the trail up Mount Si (mainly that it’s crowded and boring), but I loved it. A lot of people use Si as a training hike for climbing mountains like Rainier, and it’s cool (if a bit intimidating) to watch them speeding past you with full packs and ice axes! Anyway, I had thought it would be really challenging for me, but I did surprisingly well (meaning that my lungs didn’t explode).
…and finally, for Memorial Day we headed over to Eastern Washington for some desert hiking! We ended up hiking around the Yakima Rim Skyline Trail for two days, surviving rain, hail, the blisters from hell (I got nine..bah!) and seemingly endless road walking, but it was all good fun and a great personal challenge.
Bobby came along and after 19 miles on the trail, he finally proved to Tom and Amy that he is, in fact, a “real dog”. He is also the best sleeping bag heater ever.
While everything is still snowed in here on the westside, the eastside is in full bloom:
I (and, heh, the people around me) have realized that I absolutely NEED those lovely exercise-induced endorphins to function as a human being – so JK and I joined a gym. I haven’t had a gym membership since I lived in Trondheim, so it was about time. The best part is that it is within walking distance of our house, which fits perfectly with my car-less existence.
I am loving it so far, thanks to a) a freaking awesome Zune playlist full of deliciously embarrassing workout music and b) the focus on sport-specific training (namely being physically able to hike to Camp Muir (Rainier “base camp” at 10,000 feet) this summer) instead of that ever-elusive goal of “getting skinny”. So there :)