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the ice

the ice


[the rest of the pictures]
Yesterday I went with Kate, Jon, Rachel, Elena, and Charles to the Big Four Ice Caves [wta]. After stopping at the grocery store for picnic supplies and missing several turns, we made it to the trailhead. The hike itself was more walklike with little elevation gain and a very developed path. But the end was really cool. It opened into a big rocky clearing with ice caves. It was really hot until you got within the range of a cave opening, which released a steady breeze of freezing cold air. We didn't venture into the caves since they are apparently deadly.

After lunching in the icy air, we climbed on a big rock and walked around looking at waterfalls and more ice. Eventually we found a big waterfall and climbed into it. The experience was pretty fantastic, but eventually I started to mildly panic about the difficulty of getting back to the ground [exciting personality insight: no fear of heights, slipping or falling injuries, but lack of easy escape route]. We made it back without difficulty, only scarred by a very wet foot.

From the boulders, it looked like it would be nice to explore the flat meadow of wildflowers. When we got there, it turned out to be more of an expedition than we anticipated. The flowers were probably seven feet tall and the path was through an abandoned creek bed. It was really beautiful and great smelling -- though it would've been nice to have a machete. We made it back only slightly scratched and very satisfied with an excellent nature experience.

On the way home we stopped at the Buca de Beppo's in Lynnwood. 1/3 of our party dined in socks, perpetuating our dirty hiker credibility. Despite our challenging dietary requirements (some no meat, some no dairy, most in favor of basket wine), we successfully ordered and restored our caloric balance.

After dinner, we stayed at Elena and Charles's house to watch The Bourne Identity on their home theater setup. It was intended to catch people (including me) up for the Bourne Supremacy, but was not successful for all. I thought that it was a fun spy movie (though some of the drama was diminished since I knew that several principal characters survived for the sequel), but others thought that it was boring.

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the w.t.a. link has driving directions and gps coordinates.