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Joe and Suz a-strollin’ went

Posted by joeabbott on January 21, 2017

WP_20170116_14_25_05_ProWP_20170116_14_26_21_ProAfter enjoying a few weekends snowshoeing, Suzy convinced me to stay out of the snow and take a shorter hike closer to home. We took advantage of the free parking and my day off, complements Martin Luther King Day, and while we mused on the Baptist minister and his civil rights movement messages, we got in a bit of strolling up Little Si, a modest bump near Seattle that rises about 1200’ in a couple miles and offers fine views of North Bend and the surrounding area.

We ended up parking in the overflow lot and, while not necessarily frigid, it was cold enough that we were happy for our down jackets. Or, better said, my down jackets. I have a “puffy” that is especially warm and Suzy asked if she could wear it. At this point in my hiking career, I’m just happy anything is being used any time, so I was glad she didn’t mind looking a bit like the Michelin Man.

My memory of the trail was dead wrong, as I told Suz that it was “mostly flat at the start and then goes up at the end”. Well, it certainly goes up at the end and there is a flat section in the middle, but coming up out of the parking lot is near punishing, and before we crested out we were both happy to have a small lookout we could enjoy as a way of giving our legs a break.

As we ended up parking in the overflow lot, it was no surprise to see lots of folks out on the trail. While trail etiquette suffers a bit from those unaccustomed to hiking, it was a gentle crowd and folks readily exchanged hellos as we sauntered up, enjoying the scenery and not burning out our feet.

Just prior to the top, we pulled out onto a rocky outcrop and I snapped a pic of Little Si’s bigger brother, Mt. Si … immediately to the north. On that ledge we stood transfixed as a warm breeze blew over us. Not a “not cold” breeze, but very much a warm one … it smelled of spring and mountains and was near-intoxicating. A very lovely break.

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And then on to the summit!

At the top we spent a few minutes resting and snacking on something and enjoying some water, we took a few snaps … one of a prayer bell and another of the USGS summit marker … and then headed down. Before getting home we celebrated our summit at the North Bend Bar and Grill and then home for the remainder of MLK Jr. Day.

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Hoping you all had the day off and, if not, wishes that it was a very fine day nonetheless. Thanks for dropping by.

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