Sunday, July 24, 2011

Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Dying

We decided to take off for Gold Bar on Friday night with our grandson Zach. We always have an amazing time with him ant this one was no different. We started out getting up there late and quickly found our way to bed.
Saturday we woke up and had a few chores to do, followed by a lot of doing nothing. After lunch I gave Zach a ride to the river, via the salmon hatchery in Startup. We drove down a long dead end road, parked and started our hike by climbing up to the BSNF rail bed.

Once we walked down the tracks to the trestle we wandered down along side the crossing to trails that didn't appear to be trails. We were trying to get the mouth of the Wallace River where it joins up with the Skykomish River. We found it after a lot of walking through the woods. We felt like we might be about five minutes from the middle of no where. But we exited the woods to a sandy beach.

As you can see, Zach is enjoying the beach.

And he loves to fish. I have in the past but have lost interest recently.

Once we finished, we headed back to the trailer for dinner and an evening rest and relaxation.
In bed by eleven and looking forward to a hike up to Wallace Falls on Sunday Morning.

We left the trailer early to arrive at the state park just before 8:00 o'clock A.M. After some deliberaton we chose the Woody Trail and started our assent to the top. We walked along fairly quickly to begin with however the assent begins and we start to realize just how out of shape we are. We trudge on to the lower falls, then the middle falls. At the middle falls both Zach and I cave but my lovely spouse plans to continue. While Zach and I return to the lower falls rest area, Mia continues to climb another 400+ feet in elevation to the upper falls.
She returns and meets us at the middle falls and she isn't looking too good. We managed to walk out of the park, get back to the trailer, have lunch and literally drive home on completely empty tanks. Neither of us are doing anything and Zach....he slept most of the way home.

All in all a great weekend. Looking forward to next weekend as we pull the trailer home and prepare to leave on our week long vacation to Eastern Oregon. More on that later.

1 comment:

  1. So nice to be able to enjoy those hikes with your Grandson, Zach.

    Beautiful photos, especially the one of that huge waterfall.