Hiking and friendship kind of go hand in hand, right? When I first moved here I didn’t know anyone and was really forced to come out of my shell to make friends. Luckily with hiking it was easy and I now have a solid group that I hike with regularly.
I would have never expected any of my friends from back east to be into hiking. After all the Adirondack Range is 4 hours from where we grew up, so not exactly right in our own backyard. I was shocked when a friend from elementary school reached out to me to say she was getting into hiking because of my instagram. Even more surprised when she told me she was planning a trip to Washington to hike for her birthday.
I’ve known Amanda since I was 5 years old, but we didn’t attend the same high school and really didn’t stay in touch until more recently. I had gone to high school with Kellyn, but hadn’t stayed in touch with her afterwards either. Now they were both coming to Washington and we were about to take the most epic 3 days of hiking ever.
First on our list was Colchuck Lake, part of the enchantments. It was a beautiful July day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. I think it was safe to say everyone had a ball that day. Next we did a sunset hike to Hidden Lake Lookout in the North Cascades. When we got to the section were you can catch a glimpse of the tiny little house perched way up on the rocks the girls got scared and we stopped short. We still caught one of the most amazing sunsets from that spot, and we could see all of the north cascades and Mount Baker! Needless to say, we basically ran down the mountain as soon as the sun dropped behind the mountains. They were all a little scared. We finished out the weekend with a hike up Mount Pilchuck. It was busy for a Monday, but we were able to have the lookout to ourselves for a few minutes.
The weekend turned out to be amazing and we are now planning for my 30th birthday in Utah! It’s amazing how the outdoors can bring people back together who have been out of touch for a few years. I would not trade that weekend for anything.