Dad and Mongo grabbed some food to go, and then headed towards the West Seattle Ferry Docks. It was time to pay a visit to George and Linda at the Palouse Winery, and explore a little bit of Vashon Island in the process.
They were lucky on the way to Vashon, the ferry was loading just as Dad pulled into the line. It was another cloudy and wet day, but that was not the kind of thing to dissuade Dad and Mongo from a hike. In fact, it just meant that they would most likely have the trail to themselves. And that the winery tasting room would be pretty quiet also, meaning there would be more snacks for Dad.
One dock worker directed Dad onto the ferry, and then another one made sure Dad’s truck was properly parked. He made sure Dad was up close to the car in front, and then crossed his wrists to show dad to cut the motor. Dad smiled at the man’s use of the aircraft marshaling signal. It seemed appropriate since Mongo and Dad were going to stop by George’s winery and George had been Dad’s instructor when Dad got his tailwheel rating in the Cub. The signal brought back fond memories of some of Dad’s piloting adventures.
Dad hopped out and opened the hatch on the truck canopy to let Mongo see out. The people behind him were quite amused as Mr. M made many different faces at them from the back of the truck.
April 5, 2014
Mongo and Dad went on a training
hike on Saturday. Dad is training
for a weeklong backpacking
expedition and needed to make sure that he
can still lug several dozen pounds of gear on
his poor old tired back.
It was a bit rainy, so Dad took his Gore-Tex
raingear along. Dad also brought Pippin’s
old pack along for Mongo. Mongo hates
that backpack. Even if it did once belong to
the world’s most vicious golden retriever and
huntress of squirrels, it still has flowers on it,
so it is not macho enough for him.
Dad loaded his own pack with 30 lbs. of
dead weight, and some water. Mongo went
with just the pack. .
It was not the most scenic day to hike the
Snoquarie Loop. It was cloudy on the
mountain, and a little rainy. At this time of
year, the trail is not much of a loop either.
Still, no matter the weather, the falls
themselves are always spectacular.
And the trail provides a good vertical
excursion to practice hiking uphill and
downhill, and good aerobic exercise as well.