But there's something about turning around and going back the way I just came that really rubs me the wrong way. So after we sat in the sun and ate our snack on Lost Lake (literally on the lake...we had to crawl out on a log to be in the sun, and like I just said, if the sun is out around here, you do whatever it takes to be in it) and it was time to either turn around and go back OR keep going and do the whole loop...we thought, let's just go a little farther. Maybe there will be a spot where we can cut across and shorten the loop. (From the map, it looked like it would be so easy. Unfortunately, this map didn't show the sheer wall of rock that ran along the entire length of the loop...that would be the RIDGE making it the "Chuckanut Ridge Trail". Seems like maybe I should have figured that out earlier.)
So we went a little bit farther...and a little bit farther...and then we realized we were 'all in'. We kept looking at the map and saying "well, if we are here, then it shouldn't be too far to get there"...not realizing how NOT to scale this map was. And there was no signs with any sort of mileage on them, so we just kept going. And even though I'll admit that this trail kicked by butt, it also made me remember why I love hiking so much. Nature is so beautiful, and there's that excitement to see what's just around the corner.
When we came to the first waterfall, I gasped. (scared Jewell to death...she was certain a bear was going to be charging toward us) Wouldn't you know, this is when my camera battery died. I SO wanted a picture, and even considered coming back later when my camera was working. (that was before my butt was completely kicked...I will have to be in much better shape before I feel up to tackling this hike again) So I cheated and got a picture online instead, which I don't think really does it justice.