Ancient Lakes 2017
Ancient Lakes is a really special place for both of us. We went on our first backpacking misadventure there and have returned every year since. It's not a terribly far drive and the hike in a just over a mile—and it's mostly flat, which is hard to find around this area. Since Ancient Lakes is on the other side of the Cascades, it's a great way to kick off camping season and get a little taste of summer.
The best part is that there is still a bunch of the area that we haven't explored. We make an obligatory trip up to the main waterfall that feeds into the lakes and occasionally hike around, but the area definitely has more to offer!
This trip was especially special because it had been exactly a year since our last trip here. Marking the culmination of a year full of uncertainty,growth,, vulnerability, and ultimately homecoming. A year ago we shared the trip with friends, but this time it was just us and we wouldn't have had it any other way.