When I introduce myself to new people, 9 times out of 10 I have to repeat myself. If someone makes me repeat myself more than 2 or 3 times, I usually say, "Addie. Subtractie...get it?" If they are smart, they do. If they are not, sign language for addition and subtraction usually does the trick.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lake 22 - Mt. Baker

Woke up to beautiful sunshine this past Saturday morning. I was so excited because I had a hike planned with two friends of mine. By the time we got our slow butts to the mountain and half way through the hike, rain started to trickle. 10 minutes later, it was 100% down pouring, we were completely soaked and the rain didn't look like it was going to get any less friendly with us.

If it hadn't been for the attire I chose, the rain wouldn't have bothered me at all. It was a beautiful hike and the lake with the glaciers in the background was breathtaking.

Tip: NEVER ever under any circumstances wear jeans on a hike in Washington state. I knew it was risky wearing them...I just didn't feel like digging through my basement for some of my old windbreaker pants, nor was I willing to wear the lime green ones I found in the closet that are 3 sizes too big. I admire people who choose function over style, even more so after I was trenching around the forest in pants that seemed to weigh 20 pounds. I'm surprised I didn't trip my way off the side of the cliff. The jeans were so wet they were sticking to my legs, restricting the movement of, well everything. I basically rolled the bottoms up and held the fabric at the knee caps up for an hour and half.

Also, don't drink an entire bottle of wine the night before a hike. And remember a change of clothes.

I did none of the above and wore a towel home & crashed the minute we hit the highway. Classy as always.

Also, it is not wise to go drinking & dancing at a country bar immediately upon returning from a 4 hour hike. My back is crippled and I can't carry Gracie on my hip for more than a couple minutes at a time. I'm definitely paying for all that fun!