Sunday, October 22, 2006

October Surprise

This past weekend in the Pacific Northwest saw some incredibly wonderful unseasonably nice weather. Taking advantage of perhaps the last good hiking days of the season, I set off with my wife, Heather for the Gothic Basin off the Mountain Loop Highway (left) on Saturday and Park Butte near Mount Baker (above) on Sunday.
Aside from the ample sun shine, 60 degrees and incredible lighting, these two extremely popular hikes were pretty quiet. Only a handful of hikers were out on both trails this past weekend. Not complaining-just a shame for the rest of you. You'll have to wait until next summer now to enjoy them. And yes, both of these hikes are in my upcoming Day Hiking North Cascades Book (Mountaineers Books) due for release spring 2008.

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