Today was Esther's birthday and she chose hiking for the family activity. We hiked the Mt. Townsend trail which is at the northeast corner of the Olympics. It was a great hike and the weather was great. It's 8.5 miles round trip, with a 3000 ft. elevation gain, so it was plenty strenuous. I had taken this trail many times before with school children, but we had never done it as a family. The views from the top are fantastic. Besides seeing into the Olympics, there is a bird's eye view of the Puget Sound, from Port Angleles to Tacoma. You can also see the Cascade Range, from Mt. Baker to Mt. St. Helens. The wildflowers were also spectacular, but the bugs were bad, except at the top where the wind kept them off. In the evening, Esther and I went to a Chinese buffet where she enjoyed some birthday oysters:)
Happy Birthday to Esther,
Hope you had a great day. It was a little hot to be hiking Mt. Townsend, but I am sure Peter carried more than his share of the water. BTW, halfway day for teachers was July 26th (last Tuesday) I am sure that day has come and gone for office staff. Sorry to have to break the news.
All the best,
I don't know which is more impressive, the hike or the oyster consumption! I will make sure my bride see's this post for motivational puposes.
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