Hey everyone, sorry it's been so long since we last posted. Our trip to White River Falls (that's the third time, for those keeping track) was a ton of fun, but we didn't get much footage and the CF card on my camera was corrupted. Kind of sucks cause we had some really good pics to share, but alas thats how it goes sometimes.
Hopefully this video and adventure makes up for the absence. We revisited Taneum Canyon - which you'll remember from the Beltane camping trip - Friday night. Without the snow blocking our way, we were able to drive to the very end of the road. A nice flat opening dotted with huge piles of burn-wood and an unbeatable view of the sunset/sunrise was ours for the night.
Saturday morning we slept in until around 9am. Nothing really compares to sleeping outside. I hear some people are neurotic sleeping in the woods at night. Not me. The rustling in the leaves, the snap of a branch, seeing two-green eyes in the dark... I feel right at home. I'm more comfortable in the woods at night than the city.
That afternoon we hiked Umtaneum Ridge. This old stage coach trail from the mid-1800s is a rather steep climb through the foothills. Gradual slopes on either side of the ridge offers excellent views of Ellensburg to the north and Yakima to the south. It got HOT that day, too hot for my liking. Hiking in the moist, cool rainforests has made me soft. With only sagebrush, honey toads and dead wild-flowers surrounding us... well, like I said, the view was really nice. This hike we might try again in the spring. :)
3 hours and 8 miles later we were back at the car and on our way across the valley to Reecer Creek. We made camp in a beautiful prairie atop Table Mountain. Another night with an incredible view.
I hope you're getting excited for our next big road trip! What do you mean you didn't know?! We leave tomorrow! 11 days with nowhere to be except Hell's Canyon, The Tetons, Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone. Mmm, should be a boot-scootin' good time! Now where's my boots and chaps?