I finally got straight how come this hike is confused with another one in my mind: they both start from this trailhead, but they follow different trails to reach separate destinations. Okay, that makes sense. Ten Senior Trailblazers gathered this morning to head up near the top of Stewart Mountain, which Al and I began last Monday. We didn't go the whole way Monday because it began to rain, but today we made it all the way to the top, even though the weather wasn't truly wonderful. We last hiked this trail on my 69th birthday, which I wrote about here. It snowed and made for some cool pictures; today was a mixture of everything except snow.
This hike is mostly on nice trails, although a bit steep, but even the old logging roads are pretty and arrayed in wonderful green foliage right now, with flowers everywhere. We made a turn off this road onto a very beautiful trail. Even though it became very steep, it was quite lovely, except for the muddy spots. And the stinging nettle. Life is not perfect, but today came pretty close.
Diane, Steve, Mike, Al, Rita
We made it out of the trees and onto the old road again, our destination. However, the trees had grown quite a lot and gave us no view, so we hiked on the road for a few more minutes until we got a view of Bellingham, the bay, and the sea in the distance behind.
You can also see that the sun might be shining somewhere, but we were even with the top of the clouds, with Bellingham sitting in the middle of the picture. The breeze was cold, so we bundled up and had a quick lunch before heading back down the way we came. Some sprinkled raindrops made us hustle to get back into the trees. And when we did, suddenly the fog got fairly thick, but it was mixed with the sunlight breaking through. I thought this picture, which shows the trail, the fog, and the spotty sunlight, really captured our day.
The variety of today's hike was amazing. Every once in awhile I would be too warm and would need to shed some clothes; in a few minutes I would be cold again and needing to put them back on! We were plenty tired by the time we reached the cars, but satisfied that we covered almost nine miles and hiked up and down 2,600 feet of elevation. Not an easy hike, but it made for a fine day, filled with adventure, plenty of laughter, and the best company!