backpacking the enchantments.

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heyyyyyyyy.

this trip happened back in june when summer was just upon us!

i had several perdy photos from my phone so i still wanted to share them here :)

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pete won the enchantments lottery for this particular area - eightmile lake and lake caroline (if you’re not from washington, the enchantments are a big region of mountains and the most gorgeous alpine lakes that are only accessible via a lottery system that people enter in every year to be able to go hiking & camping there). we brought tom dad with us for the four-day journey. he did so great (better than me, lol). 65 and strong as an ox.

we weren’t placed in the “core enchantments” that are the most primo spot to win, but an area just outside of the core that was still beautiful as ever.

once we got up here, we totally understood the need for the lottery system. if these areas were just regular ol’ hikes accessible to all the humans at all times, they would not be nearly as pristine and amazing as they are!

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we hiked in to eightmile lake for the first night of camping. it rained just a little bit, but it was fine. the next morning when we woke up we saw the lake in all it’s daytime glory. sooo pretty.

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we hung here for a bit, enjoyed the sunshine, made brekky, & the boys tried to catch some fish.

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then we packed everything back into our backpacks and carried on to lake caroline. this was a challenging, long hike, but totally doable if you’re a regular hiker. i’m just a weenie when there’s lots of hot sun - i get hot & bothered pretty quickly. the cooler weather is just much easier for me to hike in.

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this reminded me of the italian alps or something! i’d wished we’d come upon a cozy mountain shack with cheese and salami to munch on, haha. so gorgeous here!

the wildfires that happen in eastern washington are no joke. you can see all the fire damage here from the previous years’ fires.

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pano by peter.

pano by peter.

pano by peter!

pano by peter!

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almost there almost there almost there.

just give me sleeping bag, get me horizontal, some astronaut food in my bellay, that tiny box of wine i carted up this mountain, please!

my friend billy!!!!! he was cool. i was not skerred of him at all. he was a big ass mountain goat, though.

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we camped at lake caroline for two nights and had a great time doing shorter hikes during the day, attempting to catch fish, reading, and chillin. pete and tom hiked way way way up one day and got some incredible photos. i opted to snooze in the tent in the sunshine and read and hang out with my bff billy.

where pete & tom went!!!

where pete & tom went!!!

pete’s photo of a big fat marmot!

pete’s photo of a big fat marmot!

wilderness people.

wilderness people.

another pete pano!

another pete pano!

^ check out the wildlife. all the snow white vibes.

big goat, two deer, marmots and chipmunks abound.

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as with every hike down, we talked about cheeseburgers and beer the entire way after 4 days of astronaut food and trail mix. we left the wilderness just as a torrential downpour hit the trailhead and an army of mosquitos appeared out of nowhere. perfect timing, i say.

simply stunning up here!!! if you get the opportunity to explore the enchantments, do it!

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alpine lakes wilderness hike.

pete and i headed out to the alpine lakes wilderness off highway 2 over labor day weekend for a backpacking trek.  we hiked in about 6 miles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain.  i've never hiked up that high with a gigantic backpack on, so it was a challenge for me.

we saw so many beautiful views.  and it was our first glimpse of the year into the classic pacific northwest fall weather and changing leaves, so it was worth it.

we passed a few lakes on our hike up.  its so crazy to just be hiking up a mountain and come upon a giant lake.  but there are so many of them out there!

almost to our spot!  my body was physically rejecting the idea of going any further, haha.  hiking with a huge pack on is no joke!

this is pete's "hurry it up" expression.  somehow he is like made of steel and has some insane endurance.

little heart lake!

our camp site we chose was very pretty and right on the lake.  there were only a couple other people up there.  i was glad there was at least somebody else around...we were pretty deep in da wild.  at one point, i was so beyond exhausted that i mentally accepted the fact that if a bear started chasing me, i'd for sure be dead meat.  i don't think my knees and ankles could physically run away from it even at a hobbling pace.

when we slept, we were both SURE there were bears roaming around our tent. but who knows.  we were both just scaring each other.  this damn chipmunk kept scuttling around right next to me outside the tent and making me think a bear was on its way.  it also poured rain the entire night.  there was a pile of slush outside our tent when we woke up, and snow had fallen up on the higher mountains that we could see from our campsite.  we stayed surprisingly dry, though!  i brought just enough layers.

soo, it was cooooold. its one of those situations where we really wanted to be sitting in our little fold-out chairs by the water and drinking our fancy boxed wine, but we were so cold we just went and and sat in our sleeping bags in the tent and cooked our food and played cards.  we ate a whole bunch o astronaut food aka backpacking food.  those dehydrated meals are pretty dang good, i say!  we decided our fave that we brought was the cilantro lime rice burrito bowl.  then we decided that we should bring tortillas to wrap the astronaut food in, and it would all be soo much more satisfying.  lots of the meals would work well inside of a tortilla.  like the breakfast egg, potato, & veggie scramble.  wilderness breakfast burritos!

look how foggy the next day, oooooh:

making the trek back down // dreaming of cheeseburgers.  our classic post-hike tradition.  we usually talk about cheeseburgers the whole way down, haha.

coooooooooool.

hey, a bigass tree.

we made it!

and you best believe we got those cheeseburgers.

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