- seeing Seattle from the Cascade Mountains
- seeing Mount Adams from the Cascades
- seeing a black bear while hiking
Sadly, it was definitely not the first time I've forgotten my NW Forest Pass, my insect repellent (boy did I pay for that today), or my hiking poles.
Spotting the black bear was cool. I was on a boulder scramble near the summit, happened to be looking toward the east into a meadow (if you call a huge patch of grass and rocks that's on a 45 degree slope a meadow), and just happened to catch it. It was about 250 feet away, and it held still while I snapped a picture. After that it took off into the woods away from me. Way cool.
Met a very nice couple from Maple Valley there, and they took a picture of me at the summit.
The bear. You can get higher res pics here
Not sure why, I just think that it being ok to have a campfire at 3995 feet but not 4005 feet is funny.