Grand Valley Adventure
Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
68Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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Once we arrived, we wasted little time getting our shoes tied for the hike. At first sight, I knew this was going to be a winner. We hadn't even started and I was already taking in some of the finest scenery Washington State has to offer. Once we began, we headed up to the top of a (somewhat) short mountain, where, to no one's surprise, the view was even better. For the next mile, we trekked across a high alpine wilderness above the tree line where wildflowers flourish and the isolated clump of ice are not a rarity. It was an absolutely magical area, and I had to stop multiple times to take in the beauty. After some time we reached a high, barren ridge where we had an almost fictionally gorgeous view down into the Grand Valley.
From this point, the hike quickly evolved into a downward drop, which was beautiful, but quite sobering, knowing we would have to take the same route out of the valley
Once the ascent began, it was definitely a moderate workout, but nothing too excruciating, but that quickly changed! So we were taking breaks every five minutes, which soon turned into every three minute, and then every patch of shade we came across. I did take point and was able to traverse the mountain slightly faster then my parents, but I really had to hand it to them, they both were absolute troopers and made it to top quicker than I had anticipated. One thing though, that we had under estimated, was the amount of water we all needed for the hike out of the valley
The ascent was killer, but once we made it back to the flower fields, we were rewarded with the stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, and a much flatter trail. After a little more hiking, we arrived at our car back at Obstruction Point, where we were all tired, thirsty, and ready for a break.
On our way out of the park, we stopped at Hurricane Ridge, for one last view of the mountains. Before we got to the lookout area we passed a group of people feeding some of the Black-tailed deer who live in the area, and even though the deer are adorable (especially the fawns), it does sadden me to see them so domesticated by tourists, and although I rarely see deer this up close I still wish they were not so reliant on people. As I looked out over the pinnacles, I thought to myself, how I have truly become one with these peaks after our full immersion into the isolation of their grandeur, which makes me want to do more hikes such as the one we had completed today
The drive home was rather uneventful. We stopped for BBQ in Port Angeles and got caught in traffic which greatly delayed our home arrival time. The entire ride home I just kept thinking about how I hope to have wonderful and exciting outdoor adventures, such as this one, this Fall in Chile! And, although, I cannot guarantee anything about the Chilean hikes I may get to do, I am 100% positive that my Mom, Dad and I all slept incredibly well that evening!