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Stuart Lake

After hiking to Surprise Lake, and the excess physical exertion that it took, we decided to hike a trail that was only rated 3 out of 5 in difficulty.  So, Stuart Lake it was.  On the plus side, Stuart Lake is one of Washington state’s most beautiful lakes.

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Right away it was a much easier trail to hike.  It was still rocky, but much easier to navigate.

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The views were also amazing making hiking long miles so worth the effort.

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Glen and I both decided we could live out the rest of our lives with this view.  Now just to win the lottery :o)

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Stuart Lake did not disappoint.  It was absolutely beautiful.  This was our lunch spot.

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No trip is complete without a selfie.  Nice backdrop with Stuart Lake.

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Surprise Lake

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Our day started out gloriously enough with a beautiful sunrise.  We had decided to hike up to Surprise Lake which was rated a 4 out of 5 in difficulty.  This day would prove to us that we may be getting too old for such shenanigans.

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The hike started out not so pretty with the power lines.  This was the easiest part of the hike.

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Up, up and up.

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Saw some awesome fungus along the way.

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And we saw some ominous looking fungus.

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We hiked on an itty bitty part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail.

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This is the part of the trail where it really ceased being fun for me.  It wasn’t just rocky.  We had to clamor up large boulders, and naturally I fell.

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I had an elbow that matched my knee.  It doesn’t look too bad and at the time I was mostly mad because I tore my pants.  Good thing I married a man that is always prepared.  We had a first aid kit in our camelbak.

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This was what we hiked to see, Surprise Lake.  Not sure it was worth all the effort, blood and sweat that it took to get here.  By the time we got there I had exerted myself to the point that I seriously thought I was going to vomit.  For me, going back down the mountain was an easier enterprise.

 

 

Hiking Mount Sulphur

On our first full day we decided to head to the town of Banff and hike up Mount Sulphur then ride the gondola down.

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We had only made it about a third of the way up at this point and I was still doing ok.

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Still only about a third of the way up and we were being rewarded with fantastic views.

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At about the halfway mark we could see the town of Banff.

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Great shot of the gondola…if you can see it through the smokey haze.

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We had stopped so I could make every attempt to catch my breath when some friendly people offered to take our picture.  I look happy, but inside I was dying like a fish out of water.  The higher we went the more I struggled to breath.

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The view from the top of Mount Sulphur.  I wish it was clearer, but the smoke from the wildfires in Washington made it so hard to see any views.

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Our view from inside the gondola riding down the mountain.  Going down was certainly a LOT easier than going up 🙂

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