Throwback Thursday: Washington State Hates Me

Okay, okay, maybe the entire state of Washington doesn’t hate me, but I promise you that she is most certainly trying to hide her beauty from me. I’ve yet to determine exactly why, but I do know my hiking history in the fine Northwest State has been littered with epic scenery failures.  Between rain, low cloud and forest fire smoke, I have seen very little of her mountainous terrain.  I hear Washington is beautiful, but I’m going to have to wait until I get to see more of her.

Don’t believe me? Let me share an incredibly large body of photographic evidence that supports my case:

Supporting Evidence #1: July 24th, 2015, Blanca Lake’s surrounding peaks remain elusive.

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Supporting Evidence #2: July 25, 2015, Summerland-Panhandle Gap remains in the grips of icy cloud and fog.

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Supporting Evidence #3: July 26 2015, Mount Rainier proves to be quite a tease.

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Supporting Evidence #4: August 27, 2015, once again Mount Rainier plays coy with me.

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Supporting Evidence #5: August 21, 2015, I believe this glacier is attached to a mountain, but I cannot be sure.

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Supporting Evidence #6: August 23, 2015, I have heard that Shuksan and Curtis Glacier are stunning but rampant forest fires keep me from confirming this rumour.

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Supporting Evidence #7: September 4, 2015, I am told that I am surrounded by peaks and glaciers and views of Baker on a clear day, and yet clear days do not seem to exist in this part of Washington.

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Supportive Evidence #8: September 6, 2015, I don’t even recall where this is nor what I should be seeing.  All I know is this is the day I gave up on Washington for 2015.

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Supporting Evidence #9: January 30, 2016. So far, 2016 is not doing any better than 2015.  Granted it’s winter and one would expect clouds, but I am left only to conclude that regardless of season Washington ain’t going to show me her goods.

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Supporting Evidence #10: July 1, 2016, I return to Heliotrope ridge to see if the glacier is, in fact, connected to a mountain (see supporting evidence #5). I am once again left uncertain.

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Supporting Evidence #11: July 23, 2016. I have no words for the lengths to which this State will go to hide her spoils.

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You counted right. That is 11 pieces of photographic evidence.  That is 11 hikes that have yielded no views. That is 11 days worth of hard-earned miles and elevation with no return on investment.

I can only conclude that Washington State knows that I would be so enamoured with her mountains that I would never leave, and that she wants me to stay confined to my tiny corner of Canadian mountains. Again, I do not know why, but you must agree that there’s some pretty damning evidence against her.

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