Washington offers so many beautiful opportunities to embrace nature in the summer. One of my favorite ways to enjoy time in the wilderness is hiking. Since I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life I always feel like I have been on the majority of the great hikes nearby. In reality there are so many gorgeous adventures I have yet to experience.
Saturday Jordan and I decided to hike Lake Serene. I had seen so many people post instagram photos with beautiful waterfalls and snap videos of the sparkling blue lake-I knew I had to experience the hike for myself. Late Saturday morning Jordan and I set off on our expedition! We made several stops along the way and leisurely rolled into the trail’s parking lot around 12:30 (the prime heat of the afternoon).
We knew the hike was substantial (just under 8.5 miles) but for whatever reason didn’t seem worried. I consider myself in fairly good shape when it comes to endurance activities and have gone on longer hikes many times and had no problems. I NEVER even worry about hiking. We started off our mini adventure happy as we could be! We stopped and kissed in the waterfall, we dipped our toes in the water. We took silly selfies! We were having the best time right?
Unfortunately, despite my pro-hiker status I forgot to take into account that it was over 90 degrees and did not pack water for our hike. I cannot over emphasize how stupid it was for us to hike 8 miles in the heat without a single drop of water. By the time we reached the lake at the top we were both SO dehydrated. It was actually sort of depressing because there was so much water everywhere but not a single drop to drink!
On the way down I turned into such a baby. Though I’d only gone a few hours without water I was acting as if I had been wandering in the Sahara desert for a solid year. Luckily Jordan kept foraging salmon berries and feeding them to me, the little bit of moisture in the berries really made all the difference!
Despite battling dehydration we still had the best afternoon! Lake Serene was so gorgeous and it felt great to dip my feet into the icy cold waters after a long, hot uphill hike. There were so many nice hikers at the top and cute dogs swimming in the water. It really was a little piece of paradise!
Jordan and I practically ran down the mountain (while still attempting not to sprain my ankle) and collapsed when we reached the car. We could not reach a grocery store with water bottles (and trail mix) fast enough! We both were feeling so dramatic we swore we were going to check into a hotel and treat ourselves to a mini staycation. Nothing sounded better than chugging SmartWater (#myfave) and ordering room service. Luckily by the time we arrived back in Seattle we realized how frivolous the staycation idea was and settled for eating ice cream in bed at home.
How was your weekend? What were the highlights?