Birthdays and Mountains

It was that time of the year again – on Friday I got another year older. We ate Chinese and watched “I Love You Man”. Another year passed… I liked being 26, hopefully 27 will be even better. The past few days have been about normal, but I’m sure it takes a little transition time for the amazing 27 to really get going.

On Saturday, we went camping despite the slightly cooler, wetter summer days we’ve been having. Luckily it didn’t rain much, we did get to hike and we had hot dogs for dinner again.  The last couple weekends have reminded me exactly why I want a camper van. Squished into the tent with Jon is great in the backcountry, but I like my space when we’re car camping. Throw the dog into the tent and I’ve got to sleep all curled up and can’t roll around. It makes my bones hurt! (Even more now that I’m old…). We’ve been talking camper van since our road trip but things like having a mortgage and not having won the lottery yet are holding us up.

This little mushroom was the most exciting thing we saw.

This little mushroom was the most exciting thing we saw. That is a very impressive shade of purple, and it even looks fuzzy!

We hiked the C-Level Cirque  after setting up camp on Saturday. It was selected because it’s practically at the campground and didn’t look like it got any snow over night. The hike is average – some OK view points but most of the trail is in the forest. The cirque itself is a nice cliff, but without the sun it was a bit grey and dreary.  However, the little trail heading further up the cirque has some nice views and ups the elevation gain by quite a bit – tiring out both hikers and their dogs. It’s always good to be out, and since we have to walk the dog every day anyways, some of those days might as well be in the mountains. The weather is starting to feel like fall, and after fall comes winter. And winter means no more hiking. Better enjoy every chance we get!

Most of the MacDonalds in the mountains. Getting Patches to look at a camera when there is no-one behind it is very hard.

Most of the MacDonalds in the mountains. Getting Patches to look at a camera when there is no-one behind it is very hard.

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