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On Labor Day weekend, the weekend after Olallie Lake, we headed out on our first backpacking trip of the year.  We brought everything but the kitchen sink because we were only hiking in 2.2 miles to Cultus Lake, where we were going to make our base camp.  However, we didn't know that the trail climbed from 4000 feet at the trailhead up to 5100 feet in less than the first mile!  We almost died! 

Sandra, David and I were nervous about heading up there, since the weather forecast called for heavy rain, thunderstorms, and snow accumulation of up to 3 inches per night.  Then we said "screw it!" and went anyway.  It rained almost the entire time, but no snow and very few thunderstorms.  We were prepared with rainwear, but our "waterproof" boots weren't quite waterproof enough!  We dried our shoes and socks by the campfire at night, while I melted my brand-new boots, and Sandra and David burnt their socks. 

We drank bourbon and ate fajitas, omelettes, and bratwurst.  Our tent stayed fairly dry inside despite the torrential downpours, and we all had a great time.  We brought up fishing gear, but there didn't seem to be any fish available.  We hiked past Clear Lake, Deer Lake, Deep Lake, and Cultus Lake, and stopped to fish at Bear Lake, before heading home.  Once again, our Honda Car took a beating, though not quite as bad this time.  The trails offered some panoramic views, despite the weather, and the lakes were beautiful.  No mosquitoes, bears, or raccoons, luckily enough.

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