First Adventure of the Summer

May 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

So I've done quite a terrible job of keeping up at this blog lately, but hopefully, that will change this summer. School ended on Friday for the summer and I decided not to take summer classes so that I could have time to enjoy the awesome Washington weather! Today I headed out to the southeast corner of Olympic National Forest. Just outside the forest is a pretty big logging operation, so there are roads (albeit rocky or dirt) everywhere.

First stop was the Vance Creek Viaduct. Built in 1929, it was part of the Simpson Railroad. It's been unused since the 1950's, but it still exists and is a fairly short hike to get to. Over 400 feet in length, and 347 feet high, it is one of the tallest railway arch bridges in the United States. If you're scared of heights, it's probably not the place for you, but you can walk the whole length and look down at the river hundreds of feet below you between the gaps in the boards.

Trying to get over my fears.

New adventure friends made! What is life if you don't share it with others?

I drove up the pothole-ridden road a ways further and never saw a car once. Stumbled upon an awesome lake called Spider Lake that just happened to have a trail around it about two miles long, so I hiked that, because, why not?

Perfect campsite.

Lots of these awesome little bridges.

There seemed to be endless roads that went in every direction, and my phone was no help since there was no service, but a few more looked promising. Winding my way up a random road, I ran into this guy (not literally). My first ever owl siting up close in the wild!

Decided to hike one more little trail that claimed to have beavers nearby. No such beavers, but lots of slugs and snakes! I don't do snakes, so I chose to keep hiking rather than stop and take their picture.

By this point in the day, it was getting late, so I started to head for home... Until I saw another sign for "High Steel Bridge." I had already been on one bridge today, and it felt really high, so naturally, I had to drive the three miles to this other high bridge. Sure enough, it was higher than the first. Much less scary, since you could drive on it, but with ridiculously good views and a waterfall!

Overall, a fantastic first day of summer-adventuring! Stay tuned for more.

Oh, and on a separate note, I've decided to start a new project. Started off by buying a 5 ft x 8 ft trailer for it... Pictures to follow soon.


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