I took a couple weeks off from hiking (not my choice) but between work, finals, and bad weather it just wasn't happening. But finals week finally ended and I was craving some outdoor time. My best friend Heidi wanted to come but since I worked late we had to do a sunset hike. I decided to take her up Mt Si Old Trail since we had a limited amount of time before the sunset. Now I have a love/hate relationship with Mt Si. Last year when I was training to climb Mt Baker I lost track of how many times I made the trek up to the haystack with a weighted pack on. Yes this hike is a great workout but now the trail is so crowded it takes the enjoyment out of it. I also feel that the views from the top are of course pretty, but compared to other hikes similar in distance and elevation gain are just not as great. Really the only upside is that it is a short 45 min drive from Seattle. Luckily because we started our hike around 7 pm and took the old trail (the steeper, more challenging route) we only ran into about 4 other people along the way. Kayuh and Bubbles (Heidi's dog) had the best time running up and down the trail, chasing each other the entire time.
We reached the top just in time for a gorgeous sunset, and my spiteful feelings towards the hike turned into love and appreciation as they always do when I take in the beautiful surroundings. Watching the sunset from the top of mountain is a feeling unlike any other, only rivaled by sunrises of course. I can never decide which I like best.
After last year, I swore to myself that I would not return to Si for at least a year, but I'm glad I went back on that promise. Now I can't say that I want to go back any time soon, but taking my best friend for her first time up the mountain I trained on last year was very special to me. And the sunset wasn't bad either.
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