We took a drive over to the Olympic Peninsula for a little sight-seeing and hiking. Today was the warmest day of our year so far, and with brilliant sunshine it was not a day to be wasted. Mt. Walker seemed as good a place as any to do a little hiking.

It took us about 90 minutes to get there. Not too bad. We were planning on hiking to the viewpoint, but those plans changed because there was no place to park at the trailhead. It seemed a lot of other people had the same idea. Instead, we drove to the top on a narrow, windy road.

This is the view from the north side of Mt. Walker. Mt. Baker is off in the distance. We are at elevation 2805 ft. Mt. Walker is the 5th highest peak in the Olympic Mountain Range and the only one with views of the Puget Sound. We found the trail and walked a bit of it down the mountain just to say we did. The way back up the mountain was rough. I am glad that we didn’t end up hiking the trail. It is a 2 mile hike with a 2000 foot elevation gain. God was looking out for me.

This is the south side of the viewpoint. Mt. Rainier is off in the distance. Hood Canal and the rest of the Puget Sound stretch out in the distance.

In this picture you can see Seattle in the distance. (You may have to enbiggen to see it better.)

I was feeling a little nostalgic today. We will only have one more summer before my oldest plans on going to college. I know the dynamics are going to change, and I don’t want it to. I love where we are right now. They all get along so well when it is the three of them.

I told them to turn around and pretend like they love each other. It made them laugh because they don’t have to pretend, and they know it. They really do love each other.