Yesterday morning, after reading the paper and attempting to drink coffee outside on the front porch with Juneau, it soon became apparent that a long walk was in order. The temperature was in the low 50’s and for once no wind. Knitting Hubby decided to go roller blading, and Juneau and I left a few minutes later for a long walk on the river. Except the weather was just too perfect (I love temps in the 50’s). So at Bombing Range Road we took a left and headed south to the parking lot for the Skyline Trail on Badger Mountain. It’s 2.2 miles to the east summit. 800 ft treeless ascent to the 1579 ft summit.
Miss Juneau kept a pace that was just a bit faster than I would have done on my own, which was very good for me. What a trooper! She greeted hikers, runners and mountain bikers, sniffed dogs and flowers and checked pee-mail. Juneau was one of the few dogs on leash. I’d forgotten the camera in the car so you’re stuck with cell phone photos.
The reason Badger Mountain and the hills around us are treeless is because they were once lake bottom! Hills scoured away by ice age floods. I love this geologically fascinating place. I get nervous if I don’t see a volcano every once in a while (you can see both Mt Rainier and Mt Adams from Prosser – 20 miles west of us).
4.4 mile hike plus a 2 mile walk to the grocery store and back, plus once around the block 1 mile and Juneau was snoring by 9 pm. That’s what it takes to wear out the puppy!