Today is the hottest day ever in Seattle and it is darn hot for the Olympics. We got up with the sun at 5:50 a.m. It looked
like a mean sun. For the first time in our eight years, the Klahhanes cancelled a hike because of hot weather and
concerns about heat stroke. But I knew Jackie needed the exercise to be in shape for our trip (leaving tomorrow), so we
got up bright and early to beat the heat.
Hiking the Switchbacks on the Hottest Day Ever
Daring to go where Goats and Amazonians Fear to Go

July 29, 2009
One of our
tenants was up to
wish us a good
We got to the
trailhead at 7:35
a.m. It was already
72 degrees.
Fortunately, our
hike up the hill was
mostly in the shade.
The Cow Parsnip
was everywhere.
At Klahhane Ridge we had a magnificent view of Mount Olympus as well as the switchbacks to Heather Park.
The flowers were bountiful and we enjoyed the hummingbirds.
The trail from Klahhane Ridge to the Overlook was covered with flowers.
We were not too far from the Overlook and I eagerly pushed
on. At this point my hiking partner make some comments
questioning my sanity, so I sweetly replied, "Yes Dear", and
turned around.
We saw just one Olympic
Marmot but heard others
whistling in the area.
Back home we stopped to chat with
our neighbor, rub her head, and look
at her new art collection.
Seattle Sets Record Temperatures Today, January 29, 2009

Temperatures soared into three digits around Western Washington early this afternoon, hitting a record 103 degrees at
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport by 5 p.m.

Other Weather Service readings included 106 in Puyallup, 101 in Bellevue and Seattle's University District and 100
degrees in Renton and Lake Forest Park.

The 103-degree mark at Sea-Tac, where the city's official readings are taken, topped the overall record of 100 set on July
16, 1941 and matched on July 20, 1994. Seattle's record for July 29 had been 95, set in 1971.

Sea-Tac's high topped typically toasty cities east of the Cascades, including Spokane (88), Walla Walla (98), Yakima (94),
and Wenatchee (93).

The low overnight temperature at Sea-Tac was 71, making it the first time in the 64 years that records have been kept
there that the temperature did not drop below 70 degrees overnight.