The hike was number 17 in my Inland Northwest Hiking book, a nice 5 miler into Deep Creek Canyon. It had it all: dark mossy forest, flowing rivers, basalt spires, lots of birds, and several cliff overlooks of 9 Mile Reservoir and the Spokane River Gorge. Tate had been awake since 3:30 AM and I thought for sure she could finally conk out on the hike but the scenery was so nice even she stayed awake the whole time. She was happy and content to just look around and enjoy the morning.
After the hike Tate and I headed over to Spokane Falls Community College where Erik was at a track meet with the EWU team. It was the first outdoor meet of the season, and it was awesome to have Erik home all weekend.