Hiking the Old Road

My Old Kelty Backpack
Up a steep grade

Hiking up the Dosewallips River trail in Olympic National Park requires a 6.5 mile hike up the old road… which is closed due to washouts in 2 locations. We hiked in to the old car campground at the end of the road and spent the night there. Back in the day, we would have pushed further up the valley. But we really enjoy the luxuries of the old campground: picnic tables and food storage boxes.

Hiking the old road is a pain on the feet: it’s very rocky most of the way. It is wonderful to finally get to the ‘real’ trail and a softer surface.

I carried my old Kelty backpack that I got back in the early ’70’s. It is fairly lightweight and because its storage capacity is smaller than my internal frame pack, I have to work to reduce what I’m carrying. Fortunately, that means I can still carry the Nikon around my neck … Which is where a camera should be … not in a case or in the pack. If it’s handy, you’ll take more photos. And modern cameras are highly weather resistant.

Arriving in Camp

Backcountry Horsemen

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In Camp

Recently took a 5-day backpack trip up into the Olympic National Park. When we got to the Dosewallips River trailhead, there were horses and mules being loaded up. We expected they were going on a pack trip across the park. Later, we talked to them in camp our first night … they were volunteers from the Backcountry Horsemen, taking tools (chainsaws and brush cutters) and fuel in for a volunteer group from the Washington Trails Association working on the N Fork Dosewallips and Graywolf Pass trails.

Dust

Dusty Glasses

Well, there isn’t any lipstick left on these, but I still would be nervous using them. Not sure why they all ended up lined up on this interior window sill.

Found inside the Hastings Building, Port Townsend, WA.

Window Sill

This window sill was just awful, but I liked the detail work on the window pull. The design was matched by all the hinges in the building.

Lawnmower

Lawnmower

Another image from the interior of the Hastings Building in Port Townsend.

This old lawnmower is one of the few items left inside the building. It reminded me of my youth when I would push a mower similar to this around the neighborhood looking to make some extra money during the summer. The one I used wasn’t so rusty.

This one seems to have a board attached… not sure what the purpose was. Either to assist with the basket that catches the grass … or maybe to use the mower (with the handle in reverse) as a hand truck (?)

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