So, Blanca Lake has been on my Seattle Hiking Bucket list for a while now. Once I saw pictures, I knew I had to see it for reals. I decided to do this one solo in order to clear my head a little bit because life has been a bit crazy lately. And sometimes, you just need to get the hell out of the city. I had heard and read that this was a tough one. And It's true, it was, but so so worth it!
The beginning of the hike is mostly switchbacks, 42 of them to be exact. I counted them beforehand on a map in order to prepare myself, intending to count them as I went along. This did not last long, I quickly lost count. The new Chvrches album Every Open Eye got me through the hike and the past week or so. I went to see them perform earlier this week with my friend Rachel. I've seen them a few times before, but this was a really great show. I'm so inspired and impressed by front woman Lauren Mayberry. They seem to have really found a cool sound for themselves, and she seemed so much more comfortable and confident up on stage.
It's cool to see artists evolve over time. I think that is one of the reasons I enjoy going to shows, though I've been going to less and less. I'm finding it harder to bear, to be honest. Most of the time, the crowd can really ruin a performance by talking too much. So, I have a harder time going to smaller, more intimate shows where the sound is poor and the music is softer.
I wish I would do a bit more research into the hikes I do before heading out because sometimes I find myself a bit confused as the trail changes over time, wondering if I am in the right place. Eventually, I reached a lake, but it was very small and not particularly colorful like Blanca Lake was supposed to be. Luckily, there were a few other people on the trail throughout the day, so I just asked someone who had stopped and they remarked that no, this was in fact Virgin Lake. Blanca was about .5 miles ahead. I was so damn tired already and trying not to regret coming out because it was such a perfect day. It really did feel like the trail was neverending. I came through a clearing and saw my first glimpse of the lake and let out a small gasp. Shit, so beautiful. You guys, this place is magic, see for yourselves.