A little walk on the Bus Trail and around Tradition Lake

As you might have read in my last post, my old man friend and I wanted to start getting outdoors and hiking more this year…you know, get healthy and exercise, we hiked Rattlesnake Ledge on April 9th. Whenever we would drive down I-90 to go shopping at North Bend or go on a hike, we would see a lot of cars on the side of the road so on the way back from Rattlesnake Ledge, we pulled over to see what they were parked for. Well, we found about 4 different trailheads – that’s why they were parked there! We looked up some of them and decided we would try one the next Saturday, April 16th.

April 16th: I was sore from the previous hike and procedures so we decided to do the easier hike – some might even call it a nature walk 🙂 Old man friend had invited a guy and his family from work to join us on the walk…apparently, they had talked about getting into hiking and didn’t know where to go. We decided to meet early to avoid the heat (we had a hot Spring this year)  and beat the crowds. The weather was perfect that day – not too hot with a few clouds in the sky.

We started on the Bus Trail which gets its name from an old bus that runs along the side of the trail. I was really excited about this one because of what I read online. Apparently, there are still some old buses along the trail that you can wander through. Well, there was 1 bus that you wouldn’t know is a bus if you didn’t look it up beforehand. See what I mean below:

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Yep – that’s the “bus”

Although the bus might have been a little smaller than what I expected it was still neat to explore the trail and see the bus. The Bus Trail connects  to the Tradition Lake Loop which is another easy “hike”. It is a peaceful, flat,  2.9 miles round trip nature walk. As you walk along the trail, you are surrounded by big, beautiful, green trees. If you look to your right at about half a mile in to the trail, you see the first of two lakes.

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The first glimpse of the lake….

The water was still and the sounds of birds chirping surround you. It was so relaxing being out there.

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Another view of the lake with greenery…you can see one of our group members walked right down to the water…

We continued venturing on the trail and enjoying the scenery. I think connected to another trail because we came out in a very different area than where we started which was totally fine since we were at least in walking distance to the car 🙂 The views were amazing, meeting new people was awesome, and the weekend was started off just right!

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Another view of the lake….can you tell where the water starts and the reflection begins?

Do you have a place you like to go walk that is a secret until someone wonders why cars are around and ventures that way? I would love to hear about!

Until next time…xoxo…Julie

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