Her first overnight backpacking trip

3:05 p.m. on July 10, 2017 (EDT)
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She liked Colchuck Lake so I decided to try the new (6 months?) novia on an overnight backpacking trip with a couple of the kids near Stevens Pass, WA.  Relationship test passed.

It was kinda refreshing to learn that she actually has a really decent Osprey backpack and REI down sleeping bag that she used in New Zealand; she had just never slept out in the mountains.  It just so happens that most REI men's and women's sleeping bags zip together.   :o

Saw this cool buck on the drive to the TH. He was surprised to see us too.  Lady the dog wanted a piece of him.

This trail is REALLY steep and exposed to the sun so we prefer to hike it at night with headlamps.  This can be a little tiring after a long day at work but whatever.

The MH Shifter two person tent is made for this kind of trip.

IMG_20170708_082208474_HDR.jpgMinotaur Lake.  We got in at midnight so waking up to this was awesome. 

The bugs were out.  Not a big issue to me but the novia and one of the kids must have been extra delicious because, while I got ten or so bites, she got around 40 and one child got 20-ish, even after using DEET.

FB_IMG_1499703299183.jpgHiking up to Labyrinth mtn.

Looking back at the lake

IMG_20170708_105813537_HDR.jpgLake Wenatchee in the distance

Almost to the top. #4 carrying the ukulele and Pointing at Glacier Peak.  We also saw Mt. Baker this day.  It looks like smoke coming from her finger.

The gang at the summit of Labyrinth Mtn. There was just enough room there for us all to sit, eat, play and sing. 

#4 looking south toward Mt Rainier

#5 demonstrating the proper method to glissade.  There was a friendly snowball fight too.  Nothing like snowball fights in July!

Back at the lake for some feet soaking in the partly thawed lake.

Lady the wonder dog is the definition of "dog tired." She only agrees to these trips because she doesn't trust me to watch the kids by myself. 

Fun Fun

8:07 p.m. on July 10, 2017 (EDT)
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Night hiking and bug-bites...what an introduction to overnight camping...I hope you made a great breakfast! Beautiful place though!

9:00 p.m. on July 10, 2017 (EDT)
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Seems unfair to have snow and bugs at the same time, but darn pretty spot to deal with it all the same. Definitely looks like a trip to pack the big jug of sunscreen for. Glad you could get all the happy people to join you up there. Always more fun with friends and family. Thanks for the pics!

11:50 a.m. on July 12, 2017 (EDT)
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That looks like a beautiful overnight hike. Too bad about all of the bugs, but it looks more than worth it.

I'm generally the bug magnet in my family (you're welcome, family!).

9:15 a.m. on July 14, 2017 (EDT)
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The bugs bother my wife more than me as well.  We had noticed that in nature bugs seem to buzz around both flowers and poo.  It was a frequent source of discussion on the trail:  Were the bugs swarming her because they thought she was poo or because they thought she was a flower?  She eventually determined that it was because they thought she was a flower and the reason was of the scented cosmetics and toiletries she used.  (Hairspray is especially bad, btw.)   Now when we are concerned about bugs, she just uses unscented products like neutragena shampoo (we save the little bottles of it from hotels just for that.)

11:48 a.m. on July 14, 2017 (EDT)
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Fun report Jeff!


I observed the same regarding odoriferous products. On hot buggy trips I have been known to intentionally swing by popular day hike sections of trails because the gnats and flies will peel off me onto the day-hikers almost every time. :0

1:56 p.m. on July 14, 2017 (EDT)
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Are you saying day hikers smell like poo? You elitist backpacker!:)

1:57 p.m. on July 14, 2017 (EDT)
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BTW great photos and first trip experience Jeff!

2:14 p.m. on July 14, 2017 (EDT)
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Patman, I, like the mosquitos find myself attracted to the perfume on the cute day-hikers after a long trip in the mountains.  Coming down to Paradise from Muir on Mt Rainier is especially nice.

11:43 a.m. on July 17, 2017 (EDT)
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Unfortunately the girl (for reasons other than hike-ability) didn't work out.

1:00 p.m. on July 19, 2017 (EDT)
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Very nice. I miss the Cascades in summer. 

Taking a new lady hiking answers a lot of questions in a hurry. 

I spent the last week in the Coast Range of Oregon camping out of a raft.  We started in the ppines and ended up in the Douglas fir.   It is wonderful to see a forest that green in the warm weather and to camp next to a river every night. 

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