This weekend was probably the best weekend I’ve had in a long time. Usually on Saturday’s I lay around doing homework all day until I have to babysit at night but this Saturday I decided to have a little adventure (because let’s face it 400 square feet isn’t very big and studying for finals was making me a little stir crazy). Since the sun was shining I thought it would be a perfect day to go for a hike and Jeff reluctantly agreed (hiking means driving far away and driving far away means getting up early so I can get back to Seattle in time for work and the only person I know who is angrier than Jeff early in the morning is the Tiger/Cave of Wonders in Aladdin).
It turns out since Saturday was the first real live sunny day in Seattle, I wasn’t the only one with the hiking idea. Mt.Si was totally packed, there had to be 200 people hiking that day, no joke, but I was determined to spend some quality time in nature and I knew Boo would be disappointed in me if I gave up that quickly, and what kind of mother would I be to then? The hike was absoloutely perfect in a lot of ways. It was sunny and beautiful, once we hiked away from the trail head for a few minutes we were able to gain some distance between us and the other hikers, which was great because I’m slightly antisocial and I hate hearing about how other people’s legs hurt or seeing toddlers struggle up the hill and trying to avoid stepping on them. I mean it’s my half day off so the last thing I want to do is watch where I’m walking, I do that everyday of the week and if I wanted to be tripping and falling over miniature people all day I would head to Chuck E. Cheese or the mall or something.
The hike up was amazing, hiking has to be my favorite form of exercise because even though you’re getting a work out it totally doesn’t even feel like it because you can just walk and talk (my favorite activities since 5th grade, there’s nothing I like better than a little walk and talk with friends), I’m good at talking and I’m coordinated enough to walk without making a fool of myself and/or getting hurt (or so I thought). Boo was particularly helpful on this hike, she felt bad that Jeff and I were having to work so hard to get up all of the big hills so she decided to help us out by switching gears into sled dog mode and pulling us up the whole way, I raised her right.
The last quarter of the hike we noticed there was quite a bit of snow on the ground but of course didn’t mind because we had our trusted sled dog to guide us through it. I was totally laughing at all the losers with snow shoes, they clearly had no sense of adventure and then I felt bad because I realized they probably had a lazy dog who wouldn’t even help pull them up the mountain. At the top we had a picnic lunch and enjoyed the view, Boo was excited about her dog treats but wished she could have had some thin mints too. She’s grounded from thin mints because she’s taken to eating my underwear lately (by the way I obviously don’t let my dog eat thin mints, I love her and don’t want her to die). As Jeff and I were walking towards a little opening at the top with a great view to get a picture I slipped and fell on a bunch of rocks in front of everyone else picnicking at the top of the mountain. I didn’t really care other than that my Lululemon Wunder Under’s were totally dirty but otherwise I’m used to public humiliation.
That’s when I realized the hike down the mountain was going to be tricky, and it was. I fell on my butt at least three times and on my face once. Running shoes are not meant for the snow and somehow my sled dog was less than helpful on the hike down. She of course felt awful when she pulled me straight into a tree but as she pointed it out, it simply couldn’t be avoided and she had to run down the mountain in order to beat all the other dogs on the hike (sidenote I was super annoyed with all the bratty little dogs that thought it was appropriate to bark at and bite everyone they saw, just because your dog is under 10 lbs doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to take it in public if it doesn’t have basic manners, that’s why I rarely force Jeff out of bed before 11 am, he bites too!)
So all in all the hike was great, I’m so excited for spring and summer and I am totally hoping to go on more hiking trips, does anyone have any favorite hiking spots?
P.S. On Sunday Jeff had to do a photo shoot using motion and naturally I was his first choice of model after Boo refused to shoot without her agency’s permission (typical Diva model). It was really fun to jump around and head bang, although I would definitely suggest not planning a photo shoot jumping in heels the day after an intense leg workout, my thighs were sort of about to collapse by the end.