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Hike to Mount Si

Last summer I spent some time in Redmond Washington. While I have been to Seattle a few times and took a few photos in the city, this time I wanted to check out some hikes to the east of Redmond. Someone suggested to me the hike to Mount Si, so one day right after work I headed straight to the trail head of this hike, it is only about 45 or so minutes drive from the Redmond town center. I wanted to get up all the way to the pick before sunset. 

Most of the hike is not very exciting, you hike like forever, up and up, no views at all. One portion of the hike was facing the west side and had some sun rays coming through. If you ever been to the forest like this and have seen the sun coming through and lighting up the branches, you know how mesmerizing it is. So I took this shot and continued on this four mile hike up the mountain.

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Hiking, the Easy Way

Every hiking trail is different and depends on the amount of people visit them and who controls them, they can come in all shapes and forms. Some are fully paved and very wide, almost like sidewalks in the city, some are partially paved and maybe have some crashed rock for the surface, and of course most of them are pretty much natural flow of the landscape with sticking out rocks, crevices and polished by thousands of boots wiry roots, there for you to pay attention as you trek the trail. I’m usually not the big fan of the fully paved trails, sometimes I find it actually a bit harder to walk on them than the normal dirt ones. At the same time I do appreciate when they build little bridges across the creeks and stone staircases in what otherwise would be very steep climb or descent. Another benefit of the little bridges is that most of the time they provide nice photo opportunities, but of course this is only if you are looking for such opportunities. I usually do.

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Farm Machinery

Not sure what purpose for this equipment, but I guess it did something. We hiked around the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Peaks of Otter and stopped by the “Johnson Farm”. I took a few pictures here, which will provide me with some material for future daily posts.

Here is what it said about the farm:

“Around 1766 Thomas Wood began the first known homestead on this property. The farm passed through several hands until John T. Johnson bought it in 1852. Johnson family descendants worked the farm continuously for nearly 90 years, during which time it became part of the flourishing Peaks of Otter community.”

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