Hiked On: April 24, 2005
Weather Conditions: Approximately 65°F, clear skies
Distance from Seattle: Just shy of 50 miles
Forest Service: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
After a 3 month or so hiking hiatus, we've started up again, and decided that we should take it easy from the beginning. Diann & I picked up this hike based on a recommendation from a book that is published by the Mountaineers ( 55 Hikes Around Snoqualmie Pass Mountains-to-Sound Greenway , ISBN 0898867770). The hike was approximately 2.5 miles round trip. The weather for today's hike couldn't have been better. The trail was in good condition. It took us approximately 45 minutes to get to the trailhead from Seattle and about 2 hours of hiking (including taking pictures at the slippery slab, enjoying the view and snacks) to do the round-trip. The slippery slab is a large slab of granite that Denny Creek travels on top of and erodes to make nice and smooth.
There were several families up at the top of the slab complete with kids ranging in age from around 7-10 years old. Definitely a pretty simple and relaxing hike.
I think in the last two weeks I've been hitting the snooze button (5 minute separations) an average of 9 times every morning.
Now, the pressing issue – should I just get up when the alarm goes off initiallly at it's current time, or do I set the alarm clock back 45 minutes and then wake up at the first time?
Well, looks like we have a new pope – Pope Benedict XVI. Watching all this, though, I can't help but notice the Swiss Guards.
With outfits like they wear, it's a good thing the country has been neutral – they'd obviously get creamed in a war.
Found this gem on Bruce Schneier's blog that details his assessment on the security implications and risks around the Papal Election.
(In other news – why do I want to type Papal with an “e” instead of an “a” as in Pap*e*l? I don't get it.)
Browsing CNN last night led me to this article about the Arkansas coach (whose name is Houston Nutt; insert humor here) forcing his players to wear pink when they goofed-off. The coaching team stopped this after people made some claims that the breast cancer support would be offended by this. Up to this point, the article is understandable. The article closes by stating that the coach is considering making players wear burnt orange as punishment in the future, since burnt orange is the color of Arkansas' rival: the University of Texas.
Wait a minute here; since when did UT's rival become Arkansas? What about Texas A&M or Oklahoma?!