Last weekend was Labor Day. While my friends were yukking it up in Echo Park (Jean….) or getting down at Bumbershoot, I was up in a lookout tower for four days with a revolving door of friends for company.
On Friday, a fellow volunteer met me at the summit with a fresh propane canister (thanks Jerry, that was quite a haul)! He was replaced almost immediately by Cam and Emma, all the way from California! When they took off, I waited for my friend Tess to arrive for dinner, during which we used up the propane in the old tank.
Saturday morning, Tess hiked the empty propane canister down to the ranger station in North Bend, and I waited for another volunteer to join me. Cindy arrived around noon, and we stayed in the lookout together Saturday and Sunday nights. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t exactly cooperating; it was cloudy and rainy, making the maintenance we were supposed to be doing hard to execute, but we had a good time anyway.
Monday brought good weather (finally) and in between frantically trying to get some work done and talking to visiting hikers, I got to talk to another friend who came bearing vegan curry noodles — an unbelievably delicious lunch, and very invigorating for the trip down the mountain.
Enjoy the photos — in four days of being up there, the ones posted above are all I got!