no one told me we were going hiking

September 3, 2010 |  Category:   life travels

My friend Sara Jensen jokingly made fun of me for tweeting from a hike that we went on last Sunday, just north of Seattle. But I wasn’t ready for a hike because I thought we were just going to the playground. We decided to hike down to the water on a whim when we saw there were multiple trails. If you passed me on the trail you would have totally laughed. I hiked a moderately difficult trail (so the sign said) in ballet flats and a fairly dressy drop waist silk tunic over jeans (we were going out to dinner that evening). Ridiculous! Soooo not Pacific Northwest. But whatever. I haven’t gone on a hike in awhile, but even when I was doing some serious hiking many years ago, with heavy packs for camping no less, I didn’t own hiking boots back then either.

This hike, on the other hand, was the girls’ first. For being 3 years old with little legs and wearing sandals over socks, Claudine did quite well on that narrow, steep-ish trail. We got through the hike on the way back from Lake Union by pretending to get on and off the “hiking bus” and discovering fun things like that fungus? unidentifiable green thing? above that I told the girls was a pointy hat that a gnome left there. I don’t know if they bought it, but I’d like to think that it was true.

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  • nole September 3, 2010 at 2:45 am

    That would so be me – I bought my first (and only) pair of semi-hiking boots (I think they’re really just all-terrain sneakers) for our honeymoon in Peru two years ago, but haven’t worn them since! But we’re taking a trip up to the Berkshires next week and I expect to do a little bit of hiking, so I’ll be busting them out for that excursion.

  • Caddy September 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I really love the beauty of temperate rain forests.

    I once did a hike in keds skimmers with no socks. Props to you Jenna for doing it in ballet flats and a silk shirt.

  • elaineganmaclaine September 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for refreshing my eyes with lush TREES 🙂

    Sandy Dubai isn’t doing my oxygen and eyes any good!

    Miss my mini hiking days though… Sigh.

  • Sara Jensen September 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Dude. Im sending you a pair of emergency VFFs or Keens that you can keep in the car.

  • rosa September 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Claudine is 3? She seems like 5 to me…

  • Jenna September 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Claudine is huge.

  • Barefoot Liz September 6, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I love the first photo of the trees. So beautiful! Makes me want to get out of the house.

  • Yasra September 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    it’s photos like these that feed my dream to move to the northwest.

    after living in the south for my whole life thus far, one of my biggest desires is to be surrounded by mountains, trees, clouds and rain.

    someday, somehow, I’ll migrate to washington or oregon, find myself a nook on some tall mountain, and never look back!

    thank you for these 🙂

  • molly September 11, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    God, it’s good there. Glad you got in a hike, silk top or no.