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  •  on those cystral blue, (7+ / 0-)

    warm sunny days,

    on occasion feel like I'm "swimming in clear amber" ...

    especially when I break free of the tree line,

    and into the open meadows.

    Where the views can seem to go on forever.



    larger -- Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA



    larger -- Cape Perpetua, OR



    larger -- Vista Ridge Trail, Mt Hood, OR

    •  Wow. That's in your (relative) back yard? (5+ / 0-)
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      jamess, ladybug53, Avila, ZenTrainer, corvaire

      Amazing. I'm a flatlander here, so what I get are wetlands, lakes and rivers along with maple forests. Beauty in many different guises. I hope to visit some real mountains again sometime. But at least I don't have to deal with altitude adjustment.

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      by peregrine kate on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:25:56 PM PDT

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      •  I'm originally from MI (6+ / 0-)

        Some good trail systems near Brighton,
        Waterloo, and near Pinckney.

        Course if you head North, the opportunities abound.
        (I lived in Traverse City for a while too.)

        Hartwick Pines in the LP, are impressive Old Growth too.


        Of course, from one former flatlander to another,
        getting in shape for the NW trails,

        usually doesn't happen in a weekend.

        Imagine hiking up and down the Sleepy Bear sand dunes,
        about 2 or 3 times, and you kind of get the picture,
        of the typical "moderate" day-hike here.


        Like I said, focusing on your breathing helps ... lol.

        Bugs aren't nearly as problematic here either, which is a nice bonus,
        for focusing on just the trail.

        •  Quite so. I think I've been to Hartwick but if so (6+ / 0-)

          it has been a long while.
          Years and years ago, when I was MUCH younger, I visited a friend then living in Ft. Collins CO. We went to Rocky Mt. National Park to camp for one night. I think we must have been at about 8000 feet; does that sound right? Anyway--even though I was young and fit, I was exhausted by the altitude. Definite shocker for me then.
          We were at Sleeping Bear last summer. I am a LONG ways off from being able to hike those dunes. They are a monster hike. So yes, I would need to train up a lot to make my way in the mountains.

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          by peregrine kate on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:23:04 PM PDT

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          •  yup (2+ / 0-)
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            the Sleepy Bear are a bear!
            lol

            me and a buddy jogged across the top of them once,
            to see to the great lake view, to get to the far peaks.

            And we did this in socks (to avoid the constant sand in the shoes);

            So I guess that qualifies as barefoot -- almost anyways.
            It was empowering in a sense -- barefeet are made for sand.

            But the constant need for more oxygen, and less hillfaces,
            kept me from "flowing" into the experience much.

            It was more a "physical endurance" challenge than anything.
            One we were both surprised we could accomplish,
            a few exhausted hours later.

    •  beautiful (3+ / 0-)
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      jamess, corvaire, peregrine kate

      thank you, jamess.  those are stunning photos. ;)

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