It was time for something a little different and that’s when Jenny suggested an evening hike at RattleSnake Ledge, during the week. I don’t normally hike at night, go on dating hikes or hike on hump day. I remember mentioning that this was my first night hike but than I remembered that my younger brother Cody and I had hiked out to Cape Flattery at night which scared the living shit out of me. A couple bad decisions goes a long ways. I had to spend more time in the woods only to realize the potential for things to go wrong is greater than I ever gave it credit for.
Rattlesnake is a very popular day hike. It’s proximity to Seattle while also being very well maintained is partly responsible for that. It’s also located in an area that provides access to a lake, waterfalls, a state park, numerous trails and the lovely John Wayne Trail. At almost 224 miles long that goes all the way to the Columbia River, you’re bound to find something along this trail to tickle your fancy.
As far as the hiking date went I have to say it’s probably one of the greatest dates I’ve ever experienced. Dinner and a movie doesn’t get you what you need to judge a person in a meaningful enough way to warrant further dates but hiking does. Doing something you both enjoy while engaging in conversation with a backdrop of mountains is tantamount to heaven on earth. Cheese, chocolates and a beer on a ledge with the flickering amber lights hundreds of feet below allowed for a tranquil evening.