Huckleberry Heaven

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Wendy, the huckleberry hunter. Mt Spokane, WA

Mt Spokane / 8.31 miles / 850ft elevation gain / 27lb packs

The best part about hiking as grown-ass women is that there is no competitive rush to get down the trail as quickly as possible. We meandered. We dawdled. We picked huckleberries until Amber’s mess kit was full to the brim with sweet, purple gems. We took pictures, we stretched. We took off our packs and rested when we got tired and sweaty.

The elevation gain was about 850 ft and there were tons of rolling hills. This wasn’t really a problem until mile 5, when our feet started hurting and our packs felt like they had doubled in weight.

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Rebel the Wonder Mutt kept the moms motivated and was in charge of squirrel patrol. Mt Spokane, WA

The South side of the trail loop offered sweeping views into North Idaho, and Newman Lake, even with the haze of fires from the Okanogan valley. Indian Paintbrush and bright purple Lupine wildflowers sprouted up everywhere, and in the deep patches of shade, the pine trees smelled amazing. 

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Wild mountain Lupine. Mt Spokane, WA

Back at the house, we toasted our tired feet and shoulders with ice cold huckleberry hard seltzers from No Li, a local Spokane brewery. Did it take us all day to go less than 10 miles? Yes. Did we regret the slow pace? Not one fucking bit. 

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From left: Wendy, Rebel the Wonder Mutt, and Amber. Mt Spokane, WA

Get outside. Go at your own pace, and most importantly-bring a friend you can laugh your ass off with!

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