Last month Grampa Grasshopper invited Kerry and the boys to come along on a hike... that didn't quite work out. (Though the boys had a great time anyway!) The weather being great, they decided to try it again, this time with much better success :D
The nice thing about some hikes is being able to gain a lot of elevation before you start hiking. Here are Tate and Gunnar at the trail head. What looks like a boardwalk behind them is probably intended for hang gliders to launch from.
Even so, there was a lot of uphill to go. This hike isn't long in distance but gains about 1200' in elevation, which means...
... switch-backs. Lots of switch-backs.
Even with starting early in the morning, things heat up pretty fast.
Time to stop for a drink.
(Check out Gunnar's eyes...)
Lots of nice views along the way.
This is my handsome 14 year old, with Mt. Baker, to the north.
And Uncle Dave. Also handsome :D, and - I presume - the Skagit River, down below.
Lots to look at, along the way.
Part of the trail had patches of snow, but they were nearing the top.
They apparently saw marmots, but didn't show me any pictures of them.
But here's some wild-life, for you!
The very brave Mr. Tate, at the summit, with Mt. Baker in the background.
And oh-so-cool Gunnar, relaxing after a steep climb.
Grampa Grasshopper, the leader of the expedition :D
And the whole crew.