Lisa, Mel, Carol, Ellen, Peggy, Al, Steve (and me)
Yes, eight Senior Trailblazers showed up for what we knew would be a wet hike. We were supposed to be heading into the wilderness, but when we saw a forecast of three inches of rain where were would have hiked, we decided to make it something closer to home. We ended up carpooling over to the North Shore of Lake Whatcom, three miles each way on a mostly flat trail with trees that would shelter us from some of the wind.
We never had a hard rain, but it was wet from the time we started at 8:30am until we finished the hike at 11:00am. Two and a half hours out and back, and everybody had someone to chat with as we walked, making it seem even shorter.
Al with his umbrella
Al took a tip from Mikey and carried an umbrella, which he wasn't sure he would be able to use, if the wind was a problem, but we didn't have any, so he was able to stay pretty darn dry under it. He also didn't carry his pack, although most of the rest of us did.
It was a gentle, enjoyable way to spend a rainy morning together. And since we were done so early, we decided to head back to the Senior Center and have lunch inside where it would be warm and cozy.
Melanie at the trailhead
Once we got back to the cars, I saw that Mel's pretty blue hat was sparkling with raindrops. We only had a light sprinkle falling as we piled in and drove the half-hour back to the Center. Not a really exciting hike, for sure, but downright pleasant indeed. And here it is, early in the afternoon, and I've got an entire day left to settle in, as well as to get ready for the wind storm forecast for tonight.