We got up fairly early the next morning and headed out to hike Dog Mountain. We knew there would be lots of people because this trail is fairly popular in the spring when the wildflowers are abundant.
Interesting tid-bits about our day:
- We took the more difficult trail to the summit to avoid the crowds, and I think we avoided the majority of the people.
- There was no water on this trail, so we pretty much ran out at the top; saved the remaining 1.5 cups for Bex on the way down.
- Fantastic views of Mt. St. Helen's, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge!
- It was HOT HOT HOT!
- Pretty wildflowers, but not as fantastic as I had dreamed. Expectations are sometimes difficult to fulfill.
- Bexar jumped a tree and broke a different strap on his pack. Thankfully this was during the descent, so it managed to stay on the rest of the way with some minor adjustments.
- I got a workout but Mountain Main barely broke a sweat.
- I got a blister on the bottom of my big toe that was painful and need I say gross?!
- During our descent, we met a woman who proudly exclaimed that she was on her last leg of a "double dog" that day, and I commend her for it! I was doing good to make one round!
- For a good portion of our descent, MM carried 4 packs! He had his on his back, his fanny pack on the front around his waist, the camera case off his side, and my pack on his front. This was him being a knight in shining armor for me, as my knee was in so much pain that I felt it might buckle at any moment, and it almost did. He even gave me his hiking poles and refused to use them himself. He's a gentleman through and through!
- Bex just wanted shade...and we had a tough time moving him from the truck shade after we finally got down.
- After we descended, Bex swam in the icy water of the Columbia to cool off, while MM and I could barely wade in it for 10 seconds.
- Bex hurt his right front paw, we're guessing on the rocky parts of the trail (which he is still favoring).
- Had some nasty Mexican food at El Rio for dinner.
- No problems finding a camping spot at Beaver Creek.
- Bexar was SO good this whole trip - just love that dog!
- Round trip: 7.4 miles