If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that Tim and I are lovers of outdoor adventure and travel. Last month we went on the most incredible backpacking trip. We have backpacked many, many, many trails and this particular hike instantly became our new favorite. Our three day trip was filled with icy lakes, thunderstorms, sunshine, glaciers, dozens of snowy mountains, rainbows, solitude, tacos (!!), wildflowers, deer, and dark starry skies. Where did we go? We went deep into the Three Sisters Wilderness near Sisters, OR. The trail we chose was a 25-mile loop around an extinct volcano called Broken Top. It was definitely challenging, but also overwhelmingly rewarding. Here are some photos highlighting the best parts:
Golden Lake – Located about a mile from our campsite on Day #1
Campsite on Day #1 – Broken Top and an unnamed mountain lake are in the background
Dinner on Day #1 - Soft corn tortillas filled with refried beans, smokey soy curls, bell peppers and avocado. We made these under the shelter of a huge pine tree due to on/off thunderstorms all night.
Tim eating tacos in the company of rainbows. There was a small lapse in the rain and we took full advantage of photo opportunities!
Sunset on Middle Sister and North Sister - This was the view behind our tent
Morning light on Broken Top, Day #2
Green Lakes Wilderness – Understandably one of Oregon’s most beautiful and popular recreation areas
Mt. Bachelor – A popular skiing area during the winter months in Bend, OR
Can you see the hiking trail?
Dinner on Day #2 – Soba noodles, shiitake mushrooms, kale, carrots, and sesame ginger sauce
Tim making chocolate cake for dessert on Day #2
Eating chocolate cake with chocolate hazelnut butter on top
Climbing, climbing, climbing on Day #3
Lots of colorful wildflowers
Admiring a hidden meltwater lake with Broken Top looming above
Tim executing a perfect rock-n-roll jump on a rock in a glacial lake
Tim hiking across snowfields and red cinder
Me traversing across a massive snowfield
The Three Sisters – South, Middle, and North
That pretty much sums up our backpacking trip! It was unbelievably hot despite the snow and higher elevations. By the time we finally reached the trailhead on Day #3, we were sweaty and covered in layers of dirt, sunscreen, and vegan-friendly bug repellent. Plus, we stunk! Luckily there was an inviting, cool (translation: very COLD) lake to jump into near where we had parked our car. Needless to say, we dropped our backpacks and SLOWLY worked our way into the water. Refreshing!
Later this week I will post my final installment of my Summer Adventures: a recap of a family vacation in beautiful Nova Scotia! Stick around :)
Oh, and here is one more photo from the outtake file:
Apparently Tim’s timing is off…