Iron Goat Trail

If you were to ask yourself what your heart and soul really crave, what would you say? What makes you light up and wish you could live in the moment forever?

For me, it’s a never ending adventure and photo-bug. I love getting in the car and just going! And I adore creating memories in photographs. My kind of adventures are surrounded in woods, staring off at crashing waves, finding what has been lost and imagining little houses back in their day.

The past few week my good ‘ol car has been acting up, which has been making me feel all too limited. I’m trying to stay frugal (well this is hard…) while I continue my house hunt, and buying a new-to-me car wasn’t part of the plan, man! Maybe it’s an easy fix, maybe it’s not, and either way car stuff isn’t my thing, just as endless patience for thifting isn’t a lot of other folk’s thing.

Come this past Sunday (yesterday!), when Sara asked if I wanted to go for a hike and inquired if I had any spots in mind… yes, yes I do! We hopped in her zippy little speed machine and off to The Iron Goat Trail! (Last visited on my birthday, I said I’d be back!)

This time we started via Scenic Trailhead, a middle entry point (last time I started from Martin Creek). The hike began with an exhausting elevation gain in the first mile, but after that, you find yourself in the middle of hypnotizing railroad ruins! Miles of old snowshed walls from the abandoned Great Northern Railway. And finally, Wellington, the site of one of the worst train accidents in US history. Where an avalanche took out two trains and 96 souls in 1910. After the incident, the thick concrete walls and snowshelds were built to prevent another winter catastrophe. These are the ruins we walked.

Nature has reclaimed much of the site, another prime example of the beauty of decay. As you walk along the great walls (often marked with their construction dates of 1914-1916) you find yourself in fields of wild flowers surrounded by translucent winged butterflies. If that isn’t enchanting enough, you’re also surround by Mt/ Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Somehow we accidentally walked 8 miles! I say accidentally because we didn’t really plan how far we might walk… but it was just so captivating! I’m glad I had I chance to see the rest of the trail.

1 comment:

Elly said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful site! Seems great for photographic adventures!