It was a beautiful spring day today. Cathryn was busy with a variety of activities all day and had potluck dinner plans with neighbor women, so Bob jumped at the chance when his sister Lynn called with a proposal to join David and her on a hike on the Staircase Trail in the Olympic National Park.
Because it was early in the season, the road was closed at the west end of Lake Cushman, so we walked a mile on the road before hitting the trail. The water was high in the North Fork of the Skokomish River, so the Staircase Rapids were roaring! We made so many side trips down to the river along the rapids that by the time we arrived where the bridge across the river used to be, the GPS informed us we were only averaging 1 MPH!
We had our lunch at the top of the trail, then returned the way we came until we got back to the road, where we took the Shady Lane Trail along the south side of the river at the head of the lake where we rejoined the road, and made our way back to the car.
A great way to spend a sunny spring day!