It's been months since I've gone on a hike. For many reasons, including gardening tasks that keep us at home on the weekends, as well as marathon training that keeps our legs constantly tired, our last hike was the beautiful Hamilton Mountain hike we went on last November.
A few weekends ago, we inadvertently faced a weekend with no necessary garden tasks and a "small" long run on the schedule. We moved that run to Saturday and, on Sunday, with our friends Andy and Maria, drove to Hood River, crossed the narrow bridge into Washington, and found ourselves facing a wall of basalt.
We decided to hike Coyote Wall Trail because of message board reports of abundant wildflowers and reviews that espoused that this hike presented interesting Gorge views and a slightly gentler ascent and descent than other nearby hikes. The hiking route is mostly exposed, ideal for the Spring but decidedly more difficult on a hotter day. We started along the Columbia before winding our way up the far side of the Wall (no this isn't a Game of Thrones reference), occasionally passing through small sections of woods and over streams, with each turn giving us a new angle of the river or Mount Hood. The descent towards the parking lot was steep and gravely, but we were motivated by our future lunch in Hood River--truly, a motivation on nearly every hike we take.