You guys, I am so jazzed.
Yesterday was the first hike I have been on IN A YEAR! A year! Can you believe it? The last hike we did was at Nolte State Park–a super easy loop off Chinook Pass and Highway 410. Nathan and I took Maxine there last May (MAY!), not long before I found out I was pregnant–and that followed an entire summer planned of hikes, cancelled due to morning sickness! Ah, it was the worst! So depressing. And Seattle weather was so bad anyway, so it would have been a lot of wet hiking last summer anyway.
But it’s a new year! And in addition to this being our first hike in a year, it was Florence (a.k.a. little Lo, or Flora), our new baby’s first hike! How exciting, right? She slept in the Ergo the whole time, but I am sure as little Lo was sleeping she was taking in the fresh air, birds chirping, and luscious sound of the creek flowing nearby. It was a really lovely day for a hike!
We took the Red Town trail at Coal Creek and walked in about a mile before we turned back. I didn’t want Maxine, who is now 2.5!, to get too tired going in. She’s a very vocal and fussy Two, so we have to mitigate that as much as possible. It was 2.5 miles into Red Town, which is apparently a Washington State “ghost town”. Red Town was the name of the coal mining town, now known as Newcastle, before it was suburban and residential, back in the 1800s. Current remains include hotel ruins, coal mining relics, the Baima House, railroad grade, site of school, and cemetery. My sister-in-law says it’s a lovely place to walk through, so I am excited to complete the hike by the end of the summer.