On top of Badger Mountain

Not long ago, I said that the top of Badger Mountain was within reach. Today we reached it. We hiked with Anamika, who is Pradyot’s mother (Pradyot is of one of my friends from the library). The visibility was not extraordinary, we could barely see Mount Rainier in the distance (you may be able to see it at the right in the first two pictures). We could see the Mount Adams peak better, even though most of it was hiding behind a hill. All the pictures below were taken on the top of Badger Mountain.

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Top of Badger Mountain within reach

Unlike most other times, today I only hiked on my feet when I specifically requested. That means we stoppped less to pick up stones or dirt from the trail. Because more time was available for actual hiking, we passed the stone marking the Lake Lewis elevation and we made it all the way up to a second bench (made from rocks) on the trail. Close to this point we met mommy and khaleh Ziba, who started hiking at the same time as us and were already coming down from the top of Badger Mountain. We are very close to the top, we just need a final push to make it all the way there.

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Lake Lewis

Every time we go hiking, daddy would let me hike on my own feet for as long as I could. Most of the times he would be happy if I made it to the first fork. From that point on, he would put me on his shoulders and let me hike only if I specifically requested to. This way we were able to hike as far as one switchback after the bench. Using the same startegy, today we made it as far as the stone marking the height of Lake Lewis during the pre-historic floods. After we turned back, mommy caught up with us as she was coming back from the top of Badger Mountain.

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One switchback after the bench

Today we made it to the bench in pretty much similar circumstances as I mentioned before. The second picture below shows me sitting on the bench and eating a banana (yes, I eat banana like a big baby now), while the third picture shows me drinking from my sippy cup. After this feast, I felt like walking on my own feet for a while. We hiked one switchback after the bench all the way to the point where you can see the Little Badger. Pretty much the same spot where we took some pictures during my first hike.

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On the big kids’ swing

Trailhead Park is the perfect place to swing. My parents try to convince me that hiking or sliding can also be fun, but I don’t buy it. And you can be sure that I make my preference known. As soon as we get out of the car, I point to the swings and I request “Swing! Swing!” (and most times I get what I want). Sometimes my parents decide to take me for a hike simply because they planned it before we had left. In these circumstances, I have to keep looking back while pointing to the swings and repeating “Swing! Swing!”. The further away we get from the swings the worse my mood gets. Today was one of those days when my nagging broke my parents desire to hike and they got back to the park to let me swing. As you can notice from the pictures below, I even graduated from the babies’ swing to the big kids’ swing.

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Hiking on Badger Mountain

We usually go to the Trailhead Park because of the swings and the play sets. Every once in a while, we go there to hike the trail toward the top of Badger Mountain. Last time we made it all the way up to the sign saying “Trailhead Park Loop”. Today was another one of those days when we hiked and we made it all the way up to the bench. To be more precise, I made it to the same sign on my own feet, then all the way to the bench riding on daddy’s shoulders. We stopped at the bench for about 15 minutes to get some rest, eat some banana and drink some water, then we headed back. On the way back I hiked on my own feet for a little while, but then I preferred daddy’s shoulders again.

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I say “Good morning”

Despite some wind that was blowing from time to time, today was beautiful around here: the sun was up and the temperature was almost hitting 20C. Perfect day for a hike on Badger Mountain. This was not the first time we went hiking on Badger Mountain, but things were definitely different. Last time I had the most comfortable seat in the house, today I was hiking on my own feet. I saw lots of people and many of them came hiking with their puppies. Daddy is teaching me how to be polite and say “Good morning” when I meet somebody on the trail. We didn’t make it to the top of Badger Mountain, but we will work our way up when we come back next time.

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My first hike

After too many cold and/or rainy weekends, the good weather finally hit Richland. Daddy planned a hike on the Badger Mountain trail for early afternoon, right after my morning nap. We drove to the Badger Mountain trailhead at 1PM, then we started going up the mountain. The hill was still green and I saw a lot of wild flowers. Mommy was worried that I would get burned by the sun (I did not go outside too many times), so daddy held a blanket to protect me from direct sunlight. Mommy was also worried about the wind, so I got a hat on my head very early in the hike. We did not get on top of the mountain because it was getting late and my parents thought I would get too hungry and too tired. When we got back at the trailhead, I got to swing again.

At the bottom of Badger Mountain I like flowers On the trail with mommy and daddy I got a hat because it was pretty windy With the city in the background
More protection from wind The three of us with the city in the background The Little Badger is on my left On the swing Still on the swing

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