I woke this morning to the familiar but hardly welcome sound of... rain. It rained all night long and the weather forecast gave us an 80% chance of rain today. Well, I figured, it's already a 100% chance, but maybe it won't rain all day. Eight Senior Trailblazers drove south to Deception Pass State Park for our annual trip up to the summit of Goose Rock. On the way, we noticed that the rain was beginning to lighten up.
Lots of moss
The eight of us were quite surprised when we began our hike in dry conditions, but we were ready for anything, already in our raincoats expecting that the rain would pick up, but it didn't. In fact, we went the entire day without more than a hint of rain!
An eagle in a nearby tree stayed for quite awhile, giving me a chance to get several pictures. We heard eagle calls during the entire hike. We also saw a kingfisher on the water, but I wasn't able to capture it in a photo. The tide was on its way out when we began, and we walked along the beach before heading onto the Goose Rock trail.
Every once in awhile we thought we might actually see the sun, but it was not to be. We were quite happy just to have a sky that held back the rain. It had rained there all night, too, and the rocks were slippery in places. I fell and smacked my arm pretty hard, but now we all carry Ace bandages; I added compression and am now going to do the other parts of treatment for a sprain or bruise: RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
This area has some of the most beautiful madrone trees, as you can see here. The red bark peels away to reveal a smooth greenish-tinted wood. I have always been enamored with the way they look. Do you think they are pretty, too?
We had lunch at the top of Goose Rock, bundled up against the breeze. We didn't stay awfully long. The entire trip was a little more than seven miles, and we traveled up and down around 1,500 feet of elevation. Not a really hard day, but we were happy to have spent Valentine's Day together, high and dry.
Steve skipping a rock while Al and Mike look for more flat rocks
Boys will be boys, no matter how old they get, right? Now I am home and quite happy to settle in and enjoy the rest of the day with my partner. It's still grey and overcast, but it's not raining. I missed my friends while I was in Florida, and now that my routine has completed a full week, it feels good to be home.