An Outing: Oyster Dome

It was Thursday and beautiful outside.  The Pacific Northwest Playground was calling our names to come outside and play. The day was unseasonably hot, over 70 degrees. It felt like full on summer. By 3:30 John had headed home early from work, knowing that hew was going to work extra on Friday instead. Four out of five of us piled into the car with sandwiches, s'more makings, a camp stove, lots of water bottles and a backpack.  The Chuckanuts are close with trails every where.  We chose Oyster Dome for our spot to have our dinner. We've hiked this before with the kids but I haven't been since part of the trail was remade.  I remember one time, hiking this trail with the kids after church in the rain and Job always the one to question asked "Why are we doing this in the rain? Why don't we hike when it's nice?"  Funny thing to live in the great PNW.  You hike when you want, rain or shine.  Mostly raining because if you didn't then you may never hike.  Not this day however.  I was sweating by the time I reached the second switch back.  It was going to be a long one. We walked and walked and walked.  By the time we got to the first viewpoint which wasn't a view point due to the growth of the trees, Lona was ready to cut her hair.  Luckily we found a couple of sticks and twisted it into a bun.  It's amazing what you can do with long hair.  Farther, much farther up the trail, Job crawled into a hollow log. Growing up with a mother with a camera they now ask for their photo taken, they are so comfortable in front of the camera.  Besides that he's a ham. I think that we were all ready to reach the Dome.  We were hungry and John said he would have hauled up a micro brew if he had thought of it.  We pulled out the sandwiches that I had packed.  I found this wonderful recipe that calls for cucumbers, green onions, and tomatoes with vinaigrette dressing on a sourdough bread topped with ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, green peppers and red onion rings.  It is so good and the perfect hiking food.  We finished off our dinner with s'mores.  We brought our backpacking stove so we could roast our marshmallows.  It worked OK but something with better flame or a more sheltered area would have been better.  However we couldn't beat the view of the San Juan Islands. After all that we had to book it down the hill before the sun went down.  I think it would be a great place to hang hammocks and "camp" out.  Photos of the stars over the islands would be fantastic.

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