Today, 12 Senior Trailblazers hiked up a little more than three miles and just under 2,000 feet elevation gain to the overlook on the Canyon Creek ridge. These people have become very much like family: I know them very well now, who is always wanting to hike on ahead, and who lags behind. It's wonderful to have a relationship like this with your peers.
This is our lunch spot, with a little bit of a view. We hiked the last mile or so on snow, although it's pretty hot in Bellingham (relatively speaking, that is; it got close to 80 degrees in Bellingham but didn't actually make it there). This picture was taken at about 6,000 feet elevation. We could see Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan, and a view of what is called "American border mountain" and "Canadian border mountain" because the actual border falls between the two. See my Flickr site for more pictures and click on Trailblazers 2009.
This is a shot of columbine where I used my new camera with the macro feature. I crawled into the path and shot up at the columbines, hoping they would show the mountains behind. I was so thrilled with the result!