10,000 feet - Upper Cascade Falls
Trip Start Jun 06, 2011
111Trip End Jun 05, 2012
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1:45 - started the hike at 8,000 feet wearing shorts and t-shirts. Sun is out and it is absolutely gorgeous.
1:48 - sign in at the trail head. This is the first time I've ever done that. I guess it's so they'll know where you were just in case you don't make it out.
2:00 - Pass a couple on the trail that we met the day before. They are on their way down and we visit for a few minutes. They were funny and told good stories.
2:10 - Continue on the trail. The Upper Cascade Falls is only 3 miles from the trail head
2:30 - Had to go to the bathroom. Not fun in the woods.
2:45 - Stopping along the trail to take pictures - no joke, it so beautiful!
3:00 - Chatting with Erin about the beautiful scenery and thinking we should be close to the falls by now.
3:15 - Stop to take a break to breath. This altitude thing is taking some getting used to. I have no idea how much further and at what elevation we are.
3:17 - Stop to take another breather.
3:20 - Not really talking to Erin anymore - it wastes too much energy.
3:30 - Actually sit down for a minute or two.
3:35 - Take more pictures. We are definately above most of the trees.
3:40 - I think to myself, what if they really do have to come looking for us....
3:45 - Really need a snack but waiting to eat it once we see the falls. Water almost gone.
4:05 - See birds and sigh a short breath of relief that there really is still oxygen up here.
4:10 - Think to myself, I'm glad I didn't express to Erin the stupid thoughts about the easy 3 miles.
4:15 - Sit down again
4:20 - A cloud is rolling in and the scenery is still crazy gorgeous!
4:25 - We FINALLY hear the falls!
4:30 - Arrive at the falls and it is soooo worth the hike. It is seriously so beautiful. We take out our snack and enjoy a short break. We're at 10,000 Feet!!
4:45 - It's getting cold and we put on our rain gear. Break is over, time to head back down the mountain.
4:50 - I comment to Erin that I really deserve a shirt or sticker or something that says, "I survived the hike to Upper Cascade Falls."
4:55 - It starts to sprinkle and we're having to be careful because of the slick rocks but we're making way better time going down.
5:01 - Sigh a shallow breath of relief that it's only an awesome rainbow.
5:02 - Take pictures of the rainbow and praise God for His promise of not flooding the earth again - especially since we are living in a tent right now.
5:05 - not feeling good about the places on the trail where there were previous land slides.
5:15 - we're making awesome time down the mountain - calves are burning a little.
5:20 - Yup, had to go to the bathroom again. Why not go in the same place as before? Double marking I suppose.
5:25 - We're almost back, I can feel it. I want to run but my legs won't let me. Plus, there are serious rocks everywhere.
5:30 - Since I can breath at a normal rate again I talk to Erin about dinner....Yes, I'm hungry.
5:35 - It has stopped raining but everything is wet.
5:40 - I'm thirsty too. Water has been gone for awhile.
5:45 - Finally make it back to the trailhead - I actually signed the thing again letting them know we made it back okay.
5:48 - Hike is complete. Whew....what a day!
Until next time,