And when we finally finished our last half mile climb of Mount Bandera, standing tall at 5200 ft in the air, we felt a feeling of pride. We felt accomplished. We were speechless as we both looked at each other and then out over the landscape before us. It was one of the most beautiful moments we've shared together and will always remain a favorite memory of ours.
Yesterday we spent our day hiking 8 miles to the top of Mount Bandera in the Snoqualmie Forest. It was our toughest hike yet, forcing us to dig a little deeper within ourselves and testing our limits. The last part remained the toughest, with a steep climb of using both our hands and legs together.
The hike was challenging but also rewarding with waterfalls, bridges and plenty of mountain views along the way. About 3 mi in, the hike comes to a fork and you have the option of taking the short way to Mason Lake or the tougher route to Mount Bandera. Of course we chose the tougher route and it was worth every struggle.
As our fourth and most challenging hike, when we were sitting at the top taking in the view, we both agreed how perfect a beer would be right in that moment. Alas, a new tradition was decided on to now include two Coors in our backpacks so we can toast at the top each of our future hikes.
Until next Saturday's adventure,