As you know by now, I’ve been home for a few months. It’s been an amazing time of catching up with friends and family, seeing awesome places old and new, and generally rejuvenating after over 19 months abroad.
That being said, I’ve managed to stay very active (thanks mainly to my good friends Brandon and Rachel, who go on a ton of hikes), so I haven’t felt too stagnant. The first big (ish) thing we did was a short two-day hike up in the Chuckanut Range just outside of Bellingham. The hike itself is really a one day affair, about 12 miles round trip. However, we wanted to do a bit of camping, so we broke it up into two days; making for a very manageable hike on each day.
Most people hike the Oyster Dome from the front, which means a pretty grueling series of switchbacks up the face of the mountain. We’d all been that way before, so instead opted for the much more pleasant ascent from the backside of the mountain, accessed from a trailhead near Alger. We got to the trailhead with all our gear packed and ready to go, ready for an adventure!
After a long hike, we made it to our campsite right on the shore of Lily Lake. There are two camping areas, one designated for hikers and the other for equestrians. Since the equestrian spots were nicer and we were the only bipeds around, we pitched our tents there. Surrounded by the trees on the shore of a tranquil mountain lake, the camping area was exactly what we were hoping for.
We’d brought along a decent amount of food to make a tasty dinner and something for breakfast the next morning, so Rachel had wisely brought along a sack and some rope to keep our food elevated and out of reach of any gruff, munchy-craving omnivores. After a few awkward attempts, we finally managed to get it to a decent height.
After a few failed attempts, we got a nice fire going in the pit and waited eagerly for the flames to reduce the fuel to coals.
Stolen from Brandon