Eight of us Senior Trailblazers showed up for a guaranteed rainy Thursday hike. Here's a picture of Linda right after we climbed out of the car before we started hiking, and you can see her raincoat and pack cover are already wet. Since we start out in the trees as we make our way to Raptor Ridge, it didn't seem too bad, but once we got to the ridge, we turned around to start back down before stopping. It was raining, snowing, and blowing up there! Definitely not a place to sit down and enjoy a leisurely repast, as we have done in the past.
I took this picture of Al on the ridge, since there was zero view. Trust me, there is really a nice view when the weather is fine, which it wasn't today. The good part is that it wasn't raining as hard as it might have been. In fact, every now and then it would lighten up and a bit of sunshine tried to make its way through.
This looks like a place where an animal might find refuge, or even a bunch of hikers looking for a place out of the wind and rain. We kept going, however, after deciding that our best bet for a nice place for lunch was the Senior Center itself! But we had four miles to navigate before we would be back to the cars.
For most of the day, our trail was rather nice, with mist and light rain the only real problem we had. We are accustomed to having cloudy or rainy days; they seem much more common on Thursdays than sunshine. We also saw a couple of neat trees.
The bark on the red cedar tree really IS that red, especially when wet from the rain. And Rita is looking at a face we saw in a tree, two eyes on the top, a nose and mouth. Can you see it? By the time we had finished our eight-mile hike, we headed for a late lunch over at the Center, where we could be warm and dry and enjoy our time together.
Karen joined us at the Center, although she didn't make the hike with us, and she took this picture for me, so you can see the group of intrepid Seniors who enjoy being with each other, even when the weather isn't perfect. If we waited for the weather, we would miss many good times!