If I'm being honest, living in the West turned me into a bit of a trail snob.
After months away from the trail due to injury and illness, I’d been searching for a place where I could spend some time relaxing in the outdoors on a really easy trail to begin the process of rebuilding my strength and endurance. Camp Long was just the ticket.
This weekend, my friend JP and I tackled one of North Bend, Washington's most popular hiking trails: Little Si. Almost five miles out and back and rated at moderate effort by the Washington Trails Association, Little Si offered the perfect way to start the weekend, pouring rain and all.
Together with my friend K, we've spent every weekend weekend on a trail. We've gotten lost on the De Leo Wall Trail, sauntered easily along Discovery Park's North Beach Trail, huffed and puffed up Little Si, encountered biting flies at Anti-Aircraft Peak, faced our fears on Mount Zion, questioned reality on Denny Creek Trail, and stood in the shadow of a sleeping giant at Tolmie Peak. We're just getting started.
One of the most glorious things about living in the Pacific Northwest are the ample opportunities for winter hiking. The climate here from December through March can be chilly, but most days are balmy and downright tolerable if you dress for it.