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 Bodhi Hikes Silver Star, Sees Floating Mountains and Acres of Wildflowers

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PostSubject: Bodhi Hikes Silver Star, Sees Floating Mountains and Acres of Wildflowers   Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:18 pm

Yesterday was a perfect day to hike. Early morning clouds kept it cool until noon. Bodhi, a friend and I hiked up Silver Star Mountain, behind Washougal, WA. We've been there before as it's close to where we live in Portland and has access to vast alpine vistas. The whole area was burned in the largest forest fire in Washington's history, the Yacolt Burn of 1902. After the fire, the big trees never reseeded themselves, leaving acres of open slopes. Right now Indian Paintbrush is especially vivid and beargrass is just beginning.


Indian Paintbrush

Our only mishap happened in the drive on rough dirt roads to the trailhead. I had put Bodhi's Thirsty Dog water bottle in one of my boots so it would stay upright on the drive. Somehow, the elevation gain on the drive made the water bottle explode- in my boot. So I started hiking with a soaked boot.

Bodhi, trailside

The hike is about seven miles round trip with two thousand feet of elevation gain. The Cascade volcanos were floating in air above the cloud deck.

Mt. Adams above the clouds

Bodhi was full of energy the whole way. This is helpful on the way up, but he almost pulls me on my face going down. I need dog brakes!

Bodhi, beargrass and Sturgeon Rock

We met another husky on the hike, a female named Summit! Her owners said they knew about IAHT. Maybe they will post the picture they took of the two huskies checking each other out. My photography is limited with Bodhi harnessed and yanking me around.

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Mt. Hood to the south
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PostSubject: Re: Bodhi Hikes Silver Star, Sees Floating Mountains and Acres of Wildflowers   Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:22 pm

Awesome pics thanks for sharing. No pics of the other husky?
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PostSubject: Re: Bodhi Hikes Silver Star, Sees Floating Mountains and Acres of Wildflowers   Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:41 pm

My camera was in my pack. The dogs were jumping around. People were coming down behind us.
The other people took a pix. Hope they post!
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PostSubject: Re: Bodhi Hikes Silver Star, Sees Floating Mountains and Acres of Wildflowers   Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:51 pm

oh i have to come for a visit and hike with you!!! love the mt adams pic! mt hood has also been on my list to see/hike! we got out on sat, need to post that trip.
sucks about the soaked boot! and i agree husky breaks on boots would be great! hope the others post the pics! we ran into a Mal on our way down, he was not dog friendly so they did not say hi so no pics.

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PostSubject: Re: Bodhi Hikes Silver Star, Sees Floating Mountains and Acres of Wildflowers   Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:42 pm

Beautiful! It looks like it was a great time Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Bodhi Hikes Silver Star, Sees Floating Mountains and Acres of Wildflowers   Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:36 pm

It looks like it was a great hike! I'm extremely jealous of you all have these beautiful views/places to hike!
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