Paradise Dog Walking

Ewok ready to go

Mum went shopping (not a frequent thing) so the boys went walking.

Heading down the mainline trail

This time taking the Cedar Run trail – a one-way adventure into the unknown depths of Paradise Valley.

Mainline trail

Following the trail

Parts of the trail have been recently replaced, with sections of raised walkway

Bike balancing log

as well as specialized balancing logs for bikes.
Can’t wait to ride it

New trail sign

Garland Peak

Morning drive

Up early on a dark and misty morning to cross the mountains to the east side.


It was a tad chilly – 19 degrees in old money (or -7 Celsius if you prefer).

Smoke to the distant south

Where's the trail?

The hike up was tough (to quote one guide “The first half of this trip is a brutally steep, brushy at times, curse-inducing slog”) although Chris and Jeff appeared to dance up.


Taking in the view

Autumn Coloured Trees

Glacier Peak with trees an pumice

But the views of peaks, including Glacier, Rainier and a hint of Baker, the autumn colours, and the pumice field that exploded out of Glacier 10,000 years ago left me speechless (or maybe that was just the lack of all round fitness)

Taking a photo of the brew

Tea at the top

Summit Photo: Chris, Aiddy, Jeff

A couple of warming brews at the top (7525 feet) before the obligatory summit photo…

That's me!

…and the longest shadow of me I think I’ve ever seen.

Thanks guys. Awesome trip.

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Evening Walk

Country Lane

An evening stroll with Ewok was nicely interrupted by Tommy and Henry who wanted to play. Their mum & dad kindly invited us older kids in for a glass of something, lovely.

Lighting the way home

Good job F had a head torch to light the way back home.

St Helens

St Helens Moonscape

Mount St. Helens erupted almost 30 years ago, with a 2.9km3 debris avalanche, a large portion of which ended up filling the North Fork Toutle River.

Tree with St Helens moonscape

Given that everything else was buried under several feet of ice, snow, rock and ash, I’m not sure how this tree ended up on the ridge by the Johnston Ridge Observatory, but it made for a pretty pic.


Unfortunately, the summit and post-eruption lava dome were hidden in some cloud, through which some sunlight occasionally peaked. 
At least this time there was some sun.

Visitor Center

But a great family day out all the same.
Thanks Fay for organizing & Steve for the tip.

Silver Lake

bridge runner

On the trail with ewok

Glove time

The first stop on the road to Mount St. Helens, Silver Lake.

Dog's Okay This Way

Dogs are okay here.

Ewok needs a bigger crate

Which pleased Ewok (he’s considering moving to a larger crate, although he’s waiting to be sure that the market has bottomed out to ensure that any purchase would be a good investment).

Silver Lake

Nice walk and pretty views of the marsh land too.


soccer 1soccer 2

soccer 3soccer 4

Finn does soccer too.
Finn’s Big Brov was quoted as saying “He gets more excited over one goal than my team does over the whole season.”
There’s something in that. Happy is as happy does.

[Mum adds: nice pics but where’s the ball?]

Sunday Afternoon Ride

ride team pic

Not content with riding the ~10 miles to our house, James insisted that he drag us all off into the dank dark woods for some more two-wheeled exercise.
Actually, we had a metric tonne of fun, with H’s trail reading especially entertaining.
Instead of Robert’s “tight right downhill, large rock stay left” we had “yikes”, “yeeks” followed by a “whooooaaaaa”.
He jumped right back on again though, made his Dad proud (they’ll be a slight delay while I go and tell him that).


Having some hi-tech gadgets in hand for the ride meant that this time we didn’t get lost (and the jolly interweb knew where we were even if we didn’t).