March 4, 2012
We did our first hike of the season today, given warmish weather with sun breaks. At upper 40's in Seattle, we figured it was too warm for a nice day of snow play, so decided to go for a low elevation hike. We walked up to Poo poo point, on Tiger Mountain, one of the Issaquah Alps (i.e. Cascades foothills). It's a popular spot for paragliding, and we've hiked it several times. This kids and I had only hiked up to the lower launch site, but this time we decided to go all the way to the top! Silas hiked up for close to an hour before deciding to ride in the pack - a great first hike for him. Maeve walked the whole way, and as this is a 3+ mi hike with good elevation gain, it was a good first hike of the season for her. She had Ralph, the class stuffed animal, with her this weekend, and after Mike carried up both Silas and Ralph, Maeve posed for pictures with Ralph at the top.
Silas also did a bit of walking on the first and last parts down - where the trail was muddy and fun. He likes having branches to sweep the trail.
There was one paraglider who had landed and was folding up his wing at the bottom. Often we see up to a dozen folks humping their wings up the trail (most take a shuttle up). Today we only saw a couple and were told it was too windy for good ride. We didn't see any gliding down.