It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted, and the thought of actually blogging on various trips, hikes, and life events is pretty overwhelming. So, as a pretty selfish way to update, I’m throwing all the recent happenings into one big, picture-filled, Gunnink saturated post. Prepare yourself.
As part of our 25th year bucket list, we went swimming in the Puget Sound. This may not sound all that exciting, but considering the Sound never really warms up past 55 degrees, it was a challenge for us!
We camped at Mount Rainier for a weekend in August as well. Unfortunately, we hit the park at a peak time and had a tough time finding a place to camp. We got lucky with the site we found, but vowed we wouldn’t travel back to the park anytime in August again!
We spent a whole day hiking in the park and tackled the Burroughs Mountain trail, which was the one I wanted to do last year, but it was still iced over. Thankfully, we went late enough in the season that we could climb without the crampons! The wildflowers were also in their peak, so we really had some incredible views.
One of the last weekend before we moved, we took a rather spontaneous road trip to the peninsula. I always had this crazy idea of watching the sunrise from Olympic National Park, and so we made it happen! We took a 1am ferry and drove until about 4, slept in the park for an hour and a half, and then woke up to catch the start of the day. While we were exhausted when we got home, I would say that the views were totally worth it!
Just in case you were ever curious what a Washington ferry looks like at 1:30am, look no further! Let me put your mind to rest:
Glad I could curb your curiously.
Did I mentioned we moved this summer as well? Well, we did. We were insanely blessed to find an apartment that is perfect for us with a great location and a MUCH shorter commute for me. It only took about 4 days to get the new place livable. Not bad!
To celebrate the move, we made one last trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant up north. I’m going to miss those tequila saturated margaritas!
Our second weekend in our new place, we headed out to get some camping and hiking in. We haven’t spent much time in the Central Cascades since we lived father north and always ventured into the Northern Cascades (it just makes sense). So, we headed down to the I-90 corridor and satisfied our outdoor craving.
You have to get creative when you forget to pack plates!
The next morning, we headed out on a great dual-lake hike. Just a life lesson for everyone: make sure you TRIPLE check the distance of a hike before you head out. Especially when the discrepancy is 2 miles. Ouch.
On a lighter note, we hiked up to a great lake, went swimming, dried our clothes on the warm rocks, and ate lunch. It was a glorious afternoon.
Whew. Thanks for hanging in there with me, and sorry for the blogging lapse. I’m not even going to pretend that I’ll be any more faithful in the next few months, but I’ll try. Really hard.