Sunday, May 13, 2018

Trail family

Thru hikers call it "trail family" or "tramily." It's a group of people that are your tribe, the ones who love you even if you have quirks like wanting the perfect campsite or seeing what's around the corner. These people are rare and you have to appreciate them when they appear. Living in a very small town, it was difficult to collect these people, but I have managed to find some.

That being said, I still like my solo adventures. A perfect week is a hybrid of both. During the work week, I am more often solo. On a rainy day, I went for a run in the park:


It was raining, and way more tempting to stay inside. But I had spent all day inside! To the park I can't pronounce!




A test of the Leave It command ensued. In the end, the deer were safe.

An after work hike on the Hurricane Creek trail and a scout of the river crossing. Still too high.

Finally the weekend came and I cast a net for day hikers. My friend could only hike for a couple of hours, so she turned around at the Ice Lake bridge and I continued on to see how high I could get.

Lots of snowmelt was making the waterfall huge.

The end of the line unless you are a fan of postholing. Still another month perhaps until the lake is accessible.

It's good to see there is still this much snow at higher elevations. We will need it this summer.
On the way down from the hike, I happened upon two other friends and we hiked out together.

On Sunday I gathered up two friends and proposed a hike to Freezeout Saddle. They agreed cautiously, because I have taken them on some unintended epic adventures. I also invited a stranger, a woman I knew only from professional email, because why not? We climbed up through beautiful views and wildflowers.



Hiking with friends has caused me to compromise. A slower pace sometimes, adjusting the destination, or turning around when they wanted to, not when I did. It's made me a better person, actually. I think. You would have to ask them!

12 comments:

  1. I recognize some of these views...waterfall, trail and park I can't pronounce. Lovely photos and memories! Glad you are adding to the tramily.

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    1. I've recently had some dropouts in the tramily, but also new additions, so it balances out.

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    2. Gorgeous photo of Ruby, wildflowers and mountain vistas. Has she really turned darker as she grows?

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  2. Cute pics of your dog! I too enjoy hiking both ways - alone and with companions. It all depends upon what my goal is - if it's to take photos, I usually go alone, so no one's waiting on me. But if it's to get exercise, explore a new place, etc then I'll try and get some trail buddies to join me.

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    1. I am the same way except I go alone when I want to get in a hard workout, or if it's last minute. Not that people can't keep up because they definitely can, but because I have my own ideas of what I want to accomplish.

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  3. I also go solo if I want to take photos. Alone I set my own pace and it's often quite slow because there is so much I want to see and record.
    'ee way tem lie kin' is the park I suspect you are referring to :-)
    I mostly leave the exercise for the gym now, and practice mindfulness in my outdoor hikes. I have found the freedom and relaxation that affords me to be worthwhile. I still get exercise of course, how could a hike up to ice lake and beyond not be decent exercise? but the freedom to slow down, inhale, absorb the views, is priceless for me.

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  4. I am working on pronouncing the park's name. Just got back from there tonight. So quiet and peaceful.

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  5. I admire you for making an effort to make trail friends. This is something I struggle with, but have always enjoyed the companionship when I connect with someone.

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    1. I seem to go in cycles, I spend a lot of time with others and then decide I need time solo. I feel like there's very few people who are truly "trail soulmates" though. It always surprises me on the PCT how few people are actually doing it solo. It seems like that's the experience--hardly anyone who truly hikes solo makes it to the end. You must need that level of companionship. I have not felt that way on my section hikes though.

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  6. I love that distant vista and the fact that all that snow may avoid wildfires. I certainly hope so.

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    1. Me too. It's lingering in the high Country which will really help.

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