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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Red Town TrailI went on a little hike last weekend. Living near Cougar Mountain, there are so many trails, just minutes from our house. I decided to scope one out to see if it would be a good one to take my kids to. I brought our trusty little dog with me for company.

I parked at the Red Town Trailhead in Bellevue. There were several trails to take, but the one I was aiming for was the one that led to the waterfall. I kept following the signs until I got there. It was a fairly easy trail, except for one part that was pretty steep. I feel like all the elevation gain was in this steep switchback area. It winded me pretty badly, but it was exhilarating!

The waterfall was mostly dried up, with a small trickle that I let the dog drink out of. I should have taken a picture for you, but I was so disappointed in it, that I didn't think it would be worth it at the time. It would be interesting to see it in the spring after a little rain. But I read that the trail can get muddy, and that would be no fun to hike on.

Most of the trail was forested with nice cool shade from the evergreens above. The route I hiked took about 1-1/2 hours to the waterfall and back. Pretty quick in and out. I would definitely do this hike again, and maybe take some different turns and try out the different trails there. If I find a route without so many steep switchbacks, I might bring the kids.

Camelbak Hydration backpackI was glad to have brought my Camelbak hydration backpack on the hike. My brother gave it to me as a gift after he came back from Afghanistan. Apparently, it is what they used out there in the desert. He remembered how I would hike with multiple bottles of water for myself and the dog. The Camelbak is an enormous improvement. I've never left for a hike without it.

Dog Drinking from CamelbackIt gives you hands free hiking for dog handling, using a walking stick, or just tree hugging. It is pretty slim and low profile, carrying it on your back. It holds plenty of water for me and the dog. She got pretty good at catching the stream as I sprayed it into her mouth.

The Camelbak is also perfect for biking. You don't have to stop, pull out a water bottle, open it up, drink, close it up, and put it back. You just reach for the tube, bite down, suck a few gulps of water out, and drop the tube. Easy as that.

The drinking tube is fed by gravity from the main reservoir inside the backpack. The tube goes over your shoulder and down the strap of the backpack. Makes it easily accessible, as it drapes down toward your hip.

There are also a couple of small pockets on the pack. I put a couple of granola bars, dog treats, tissue, car keys, and my ID in it. That's all I needed on the hike!



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