|Peggy, Kirk, Chris, Rich, Jacqueline, Doug, Al|
|The sign at the trailhead|
|No sun today, with intervals of fog|
|A few forlorn lily pads and bare trees on the other side|
The round trip from our start was only five miles, so of course we decided to add a little bit more by taking a short side trip to Raptor Ridge. As we approached the ridge, we could hear the wind blowing hard. Although we took a quick trip to the overlook once we reached the ridge, there was little reason to stay, as there was enough wind to make us feel cold immediately.
|View of Raptor Ridge today|
|Big leaf maple leaves underfoot|
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, so I'll be missing the hike and my friends this time next week. It is a wonderful community here in Bellingham, and I've grown quite accustomed to spending time outdoors with these folks. We each will be doing our own version of the holiday, and I will be giving thanks for many things, not the least of which is this group and the many wonderful trails we hike together.