This hike is a really common hike for many people to do in Washington its relatively easy and accessible I think its like 5 miles roundtrip. But the views you get from the lookout are pretty incredible.
One day I was sitting on the computer doing nothing but had this sudden urge to go out and do something, anything! So I see online that night there was a big meteor shower. The Perseid meteor shower to be exact. So I hopped on facebook to see if anyone would wanna go with me to climb Mt. Pilchuck to go up and stay the night there with me. Obviously short notice but my friend Ryan was eager to come so I picked him up and off we went.
I had never spent the night on top of a mountain before but I had been in this recent exploring mode and had bought myself a new 0 degree sleeping bag and was eager to test it out.
We got to the top of the mountain after encountering people who offered us weed brownies and such. I declined. But when we got to the top we were greeted by an older gentleman to my surprise I didn’t think anyone else would be up here. He was there to enjoy the meteor shower as well.
His name is Lawrence Wilson and he was actually the 10th person to climb Washington’s 100 highest peaks which is quite an achievement and a lot of hiking. He has a wealth of knowledge and told us about his favorite hikes and which ones he recommended we do. He says he is now retired so he just hikes his favorite hikes throughout the week. Sounds like a good time if you ask me. And instead of taking the same route back down the mountain he showed us an alternate route that I had never known existed and had some really awesome views!
I have had this itch for a while to really get out there and explore for more then just a quick day hike on a trail filled with tourists, I needed to get out and onto the path that hadn’t been grounded down from the thousands of people that had gone to see the same view everyone else had. I had invited a couple people to come join me for a weekend filled with impulsive adventure. Some were eager to come along and said they would but ultimately I ended up alone, but im actually really glad it ended up that way.
I had always wanted to go out to the peninsula never made it happen so I figured this was a perfect opportunity to do so.
I rely on my phones GPS A LOT! Without it I am completely lost due to the fact that I have no sense of direction, when people are trying to give me directions to somewhere I need landmarks not street numbers.
So needless to say I was driving around the peninsula with a dead cell phone with no idea where to go. Eventually I found my way around and decided to go to to Cape Flattery, yes I know I wanted to go off the beaten path but I ended up on one but being that it is the most North Western point of the contiguous US I felt like I had to. Best part though was that I staid the night there on the edge of a cliff. The tourists that did come through would say things like “I hope you dont sleep walk!”
Many people seemed confused as to why I would set up my tent there but I would just say why not?! One guy came down to where I was and asked if it was okay if he could smoke some weed down in the area I was at. I didn’t care I wasn’t going to deny him the chance to smoke where he wanted to. He asked what I was doing out here. I responded with “im not sure to be honest just had to get out I guess” So he says “ooooh so your just yondering” I had no clue what that meant so he explains to me that where he’s from in the Ozarks which is a mountain range in Missourri, that when people just go out and hike out in the mountains they called it yondering, kind of like an australian version of a walk about I guess. But I guess thats where the term going yonder came from. You learn something new everyday!
Staying the night on the edge of a cliff in the peninsula was…nerve wracking to be honest. The sun had set and it was dark so I made a small fire made some soup and went to bed. But as I was laying in my sleeping bag I was alone with my thoughts and im sure im not the only one that does this but when you just start thinking about random crazy scenarios. Like for me I was thinking what if a bear just comes ripping through my tent and kills me! Then I started thinking what if BIGFOOT just throws me and my tent off this cliff haha I know crazy but hey the bear thing was possible. So I laid in my sleeping clenching my flashlight and a little swiss army knife hahaha I would poke this bear to death. Any little sound in the night would freak me out but eventually I did end up getting a good nights rest.
The next morning I decided to pack up and head to a different location to spend my day. Originally I had planned to go stay the weekend in shi shi beach which was about a 2 miles hike but after seeing that I had to park in some guys yard in the reservation and pay $10 I decided against it and parked along the side of the road and hiked around until I found a nice beach off the beaten path where I could stay which I think was a much better choice. I read a great book called Love Does by Bob Goff religious or not I think everyone should give it a read. So I stayed on the beach watched the sunset made my self some clam chowder and enjoyed my weekend away from the world of work and everyday life. I would say that I hope there will be more weekends like this but I wont because I don’t need to hope when I know im just going to make it happen.