when the mountain tells you to go home you head to the desert
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That awesome feeling when you FINALLY check off a summit that has been on your must-do list for nearly 20 years AND somehow dodge the weather long enough for 360 views of the North Cascades and Hozomeen! It wasn’t without an adventure, that’s for sure. Last year Desolation thwarted me with thick wildfire smoke. This year? It took a fierce paddle battle with high winds on Ross Lake, a close encounter with a bear (2nd in a week!), a sprint up and down to narrowly avoid summit thunderstorms and probably the fastest paddle ever back to camp to keep outrunning those storms! Lookout #45 is complete, though I only wish I had gotten more time to relax on the summit. Dare I say I might try a 3rd attempt some time in the future? Raining cats and dogs next time?? . . . . #desolationpeak #northcascades #mountaincrushmonday #adventuretime #back40hikes #cascadiaexplored #choosemountains #discoverpnw #exploremore #hikewashington #getoutside #amazingearth #findyourtrail #goatworthy #mtnchicks #northwestisbest #ourpnw #optoutside #pnwonderland #radgirlslife #seekthetrails #thenwadventure #upperleftusa #washingtonoutdoors
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You can’t beat these summer sunsets.
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Afternoons like this 👌🏼🌲
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