Michael, the meetup organizer had chosen a hike in the Central Washington due to the rainy weather around Seattle. We gathered at Park and Ride and it was like a get together for the hikers since there were around 40 people for the hike. It was a long drive and the snow fall en-route, rains and standing waters on the road made it an exciting one. The sky started to clear up once we were close to Ellensburg. We started our hike to the ridge and except the last part which was very steep, it was a gradual ascent. the views en-route were spectacular and the barren terrain was very different from west Washington. We reached the ridge and had our lunch. Surabhi was there and she loved the Shavige uppitu I had prepared and was curious about my cooking skills. We then attempted to form the word ‘Meetup’ with our bodies which I think didn’t work out well. We then descended enjoying the amazing scenery ahead. Since we had reached the trailhead quite early, we went scrambling on another hill. I thoroughly enjoyed scrambling the class 3/4 routes. There was a small cave which was quite interesting. I also liked the hanging bridge next to the parking lot. The sky was quite clear and the drive in the canyon alongside the Yakima river was scenic. It was nice to be on the sunny side of the state.