My sister and I hiked up to a local ridge and watched the clouds roll by for a bit. It was peaceful, and much needed. Watch the cinematic drone clip.
Katie was away visiting her sister in Tri Cities, and Sadie and I were getting restless sitting in the city. (My Land Rover has been out of service for about 2 or so months now). After a chat with my sister, we decided to find an easily accessible, snow free hike to get some fresh air. My sister swooped by at around noon 45 and after a quick walk to get the pups aquatinted we headed downtown for a late breakfast. We probably could have gone earlier, but I had the internet dude scheduled to diagnose my router problems at 11am. We’ve been dealing with 5-10mbps download speeds for months and I was not about to reschedule. After a quick bite and coffee from Cherry Street, we packed the dogs in her Mini Cooper and headed out towards highway 2.
We must have arrived in Index around 3 or so. I typically take little clips to timestamp things, but for this hike, I really was just out there to get away from things. I didn’t even take out my camera for the trek up. The hike was relatively short, well maintained, and a nice workout to the top. We kept a solid pace, but we had the dogs hooked to our wastes, so we basically cheated and the dogs got a nice workout to the top. From there, the surrounding peaks weren’t visible due to low clouds. Mt. Index didn’t even show it’s base. I had to fly the drone up into the clouds to get a decent view of our surroundings. There was also a constant buzz from the power lines above. Although we were an hour and a half away from the city, the power hum and highway below reminded us we weren’t too far into the wild. We instead found our solitude in conversation and by watching the sea of clouds roll by.
Quick stats: 3.3mi; roundtrip | 760 Elevation Gain | Highest Point: 1,320 ft | Rough start time: 3:00pm | Destination time: 3.37pm