Remember that secluded hike I spoke of before? We went back (this time we brought the teen too) and we made it down to the river and back!
On the way there, the Hood Canal bridge was up to let a few large ships through, and it gave us the opportunity to get out and snap a few photos on this incredibly gorgeous day!
It was a nice pause before we got to our invigorating hike.
The trail is in Quilcene, and on a weekend, it was a little more popular than on a weekday, but only by a few people. That actually made me feel a bit better about being out in the middle of nowhere with our girls.
It is not an easy hike, full of rocky hills…but really beautiful.
It was 2.5 miles to the river, and on the way there, all of a sudden darting up the path was a dog we had seen earlier (with a woman jogging) being chased by two pitbulls. The dogs scared the crap out of us because they stopped right at our feet and barked at each of us before continuing on the chase. We continued on for another 1/2 mile or so, and saw the frantic owner of the first dog, so worried. She explained to us that these two pitbbulls came out of nowhere and chased her dog. She lost her grip on the leash. We told her where he was headed.
We finally made it down to the raging river, and the noise was so loud that we didn’t hear those dang dogs when they raced at as again and started to bark at us. We shooed them away, calmly. They ran further down the trail. About 10 minutes later, we saw their owner and the two dogs were once again on leashes. What excitement!
Luckily, those were the only wild animals we saw.
The river was everyone’s favorite part.
By the end, we hiked a little over 5 miles, and felt tired. But good tired. I am so proud of our girls…uh, and us old folk too!
Do you have a favorite hike?