Bob, Peggy, Karen, Linda, Al (and me behind the camera)
Church Mountain, that is. When we headed up there last Monday, I wrote a post I called "Church Mountain, Take 1." The plan was to go into the High Country to assess the situation for the rest of the Senior Trailblazers, and Al deemed the hike doable by most. But only six people showed up today, and boy was it a day to remember!
Crossing the creek
On Monday we had "sun breaks," but today we had FULL SUN! I am sitting here writing this post with sunburned cheeks, even though I put plenty of sunscreen on them after we hit the snow. It was amazing to me to see how much snow had melted in just three days. I wonder what it will look like in a week or two after lots of sunshine. Here's where we had lunch today.
That's Mt. Baker and the Sisters behind us. I planted myself between the ladies and the gents while we enjoyed our lunch. You could just feel the incredible warmth of the sun being reflected back at us; I immediately pulled out my sunscreen and applied it liberally. Perhaps I should have done that when we started, but I knew we would be in shade until we reached the meadow (there really is a meadow underneath all that snow).
Al took this picture of me, showing Mt. Baker behind me, the sunshine, and my transition lenses as black as they ever get. We enjoyed our lunch without any need for coats, gloves, or anything to keep us warm; it was, well, pretty much perfect. On the descent, once we reached the shade, we were blinded for a few minutes before we adjusted to the dappled sunlight through the trees.
It could not have been much more perfect a day than it was today. We covered somewhere close to 7 miles, since we walked a bit farther on the snow than we did on Monday, but not much more, and the return trip was quick and painless, as we climbed and descended 2,600 feet of elevation. We were all happy to have been together, to have such a beautiful day, and only to have missed our companions who didn't join us today. I wonder if it was because it was the day after a holiday. Whatever the reason, I wish all of our friends could have experienced it with us.
When we reached the trailhead, I had to stop long enough to take a picture of the incredible profusion of wildflowers. Daisies, foxgloves, buttercups, clover, and more are all in this picture. Now that I am home and showered, I realize my garden needs to be watered! It's been two days since the rain stopped. Heading out right now...