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Oh, that's why
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christopher575
Lately I've been thinking about back when I was hiking up through the residential neighborhoods West of Japanese Gulch and entering on that side. I never really liked that part and couldn't remember why I was doing it so much. Well, I remembered this morning when I parked at the bottom and entered there with just a little moonlight to see by. The residential part was to give the sun a little time to come up.

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That moon was bright enough that I could along the tracks pretty well. Anywhere else would have been too dark. Good to know.

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Wednesday's normally a swim day but I felt like making it a walk day since I missed yesterday's. In addition to the darkness, another good reason to keep to the center and do my wet weather route even though it's not wet is that I haven't been doing hills much. Last time was when I showed Melissa Big Gulch. If I do this access road twice, it comes to just over four miles, which is ok.

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Next time I might go all the way to the road that runs along the airport and re-enter by the garden, then connect back to the center via the Rusty Car trail. We'll see.

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Another shot once I got back to the parking area, to show how much brighter it was.

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Today's awesome walk, 4.04 miles in 1:29, 9,401 steps, 395ft gain
4.04 miles in 1:29, 9,401 steps, 395ft gain

I'm glad I have that route as an option. Good climb, never muddy, even doable in the dark. And I have the option to add any number of trails heading back if I like. Some days it's just good to keep it simple.

EDIT:
Oh yeah, first video in a while. The clouds were neat when I got in the car so I knew it would turn out neat.




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Do you ever see a train on those tracks?

I can see the appeal of walking in the dark, especially as you have much hotter weather than we do in the summer, but I think I'd still be scared on my own.

I saw a train once, when I went in the afternoon. Those tracks lead from the main tracks to Boeing. I don't know how many times a day they use them, but it's never early.

I will say Japanese Gulch, Big Gulch, and the beaches and tank farm are places I'd tell anyone, but especially women, not to worry at all about going alone. I'd mention the couple of areas in Japanese Gulch where I've seen camping, but other than that, they're so quiet. My joke is that the most dangerous thing about Mukilteo is dying of boredom or old age.

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