Today Karen and I hiked For the Boys trail above Ski Hill, Leavenworth, WA. We gained 1,000 feet in elevation over three miles, for six miles total. Mountain bikers galore.
Wildflowers bloom in waves. We found rare, white Ghost Orchids in the shade at certain elevations. Honeysuckle vines (deep orange flowers) climbed trees and boulders. This is the tail end of the Tiger Lily bloom.
So far in 2018, I have hiked 138 miles with 21,744 feet in elevation gain. In the winter, I keep going using snowshoes and micro-spikes.
My bug net is hooked to my pack and dangling. I'd better tuck it in somewhere. It goes over my hat, head and shoulders.