Monday, June 8, 2015

So Much For My Solo

This past weekend I was supposed to go on my solo hike. Unfortunately, this past week I was home sick with a fever and icky bleeding throat sores courtesy of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease. Yeah, I know, that’s something 5-year-olds get.

Anyway, by the time the weekend arrived I was still running afternoon fevers and decided it would be best to reschedule. I’ve already picked out a new weekend in August and now I have even more time to prep for the trip.

Despite being sick during the week, I was feeling well enough to go for a couple of day hikes towards the end of the weekend. On Sunday, I went up to the summit of Ben Lomand from North Fork with a friend and today I went up to Malan’s Peak on my own.

The hike up Ben Lomand was fantastic for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons is that I got to see some moose!


Okay, so it's hard to see it in this photo, but there is totally a moose between those two big trees. It had been a little closer, but I was too freaked out to take a photo then. There was another moose later in the day, too. 

Another reason the Ben Lomand hike was awesome was that I was able to scout out another leg of the backpacking route I want to take -- AND it was way easier than I thought it would be. We made it to the summit in 3 hours. 

Summit!

On the way back down we got to see a wicked cool snake



Going up Malan's Peak today was super mellow. There were a lot of wildflowers blooming, and I noticed a natural spring that I had never seen before.