Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lily, Lizard, and a lost latte

Sign in parking lot
Fourteen Senior Trailblazers made our way from the Senior Center to the Lower Trailhead on Blanchard Mountain. I wasn't expecting so many of us to show up on a dreary overcast day, with rain expected, but we are a hardy group, ready for pretty much anything. Al had come up with a fairly new way to hike on the mountain, going up the Alternate Incline Trail to Lizard Lake. Usually we go up the other trail to Lily and Lizard Lakes, but we wanted to do something a little easier with a possible escape route if the weather really deteriorated.
A well pecked tree
It was foggy when we started out, with fairly warm temperatures and a rather steep trail (the Alternate Incline Trail) once we navigated about a mile on the access road. And with moderate temperatures and only a heavy mist instead of rain, we began our upward trek to Lizard Lake.
Map to show where we went today
We had originally planned to only go to Lizard, but when we got there it was still too early and nobody really wanted to stop quite yet. The mist had grown so heavy that I could actually call it rain, and several of us donned our rain gear.
Lizard Lake in the mist
When I took this picture, I thought it looked like an alien planet, instead of several stumps sticking up out of the lake. You cannot see the far shore, but I know it is there; I've seen it on other trips. Anyway, off we went to Lily Lake. If you look carefully at the above map, you can see both lakes and the short trail that joins them. We decided that we would have lunch there.
Lily Lake
As you can see, it wasn't quite as foggy at Lily Lake, but there was also no sign of the sun. Every now and then, it began to rain lightly, but since we were all geared up for it, and it wasn't cold, we had a nice place to stop and enjoy our lunch.
Some in rain gear, some without, having lunch
Some of us stayed in our rain gear, but others weren't comfortable encased in plastic with the on-again, off-again moisture. When it got a little heavier, Victoria pulled out her umbrella. (Mikey was already under his.)
Melanie, Ellen and Victoria dealing with the rain
We didn't stay very long after this, and it was time to get moving again before anybody got too cold. Our surroundings were wonderful, with lush greenery everywhere, and abundant flowers wherever we looked.
Lush and green
The trip back was pretty much downhill, and we remarked often that even though we never saw the sun and it was foggy, the rain wasn't really much of a problem. We're used to it. But does it ever make it green in our part of the country.
Fog makes everything look soft
I took lots of pictures of the trees in the fog; this is probably the best of them, with a mysterious feeling and ferns in the foreground. On the way back down, we also saw some beautiful columbines growing in a few spots. It seems early for them (to me), and I couldn't keep myself from capturing this batch for posterity.
Nature's garden
We also saw some wildflowers I couldn't identify, along with many of the usual variety. I miss Peggy, our plant identifier, when she's not here, and today I mentioned that she would have known their names. In any event, we had a wonderful day and walked more than eight miles and covered around 1,700 feet up and down. Not bad, not bad at all.

And about that lost latte? In the morning, when I went to pick up my latte at the store, along with a few other things, somehow I managed to walk out of the store without it. I didn't miss it right away, it took until I was at the Senior Center to realize I hadn't brought it with me. Since I kept lamenting its loss, Al offered to have a short service in remembrance of my lost latte, but I declined. I hope I don't do that again soon!


  1. Wow, your pictures are rather "otherworld," and "haunting."

    The lost latte sounds like something I'm always thinking I've done, but then find what I thought was lost. My mind is kind of scattered.

  2. Smiling at the service in memory of your latte. And, as always loving waling with you. The foggy photos in particular are glorious.

  3. Lament of the lost latte. 🙂 The fog and the trees are beautiful in their foggy way! Great hike!

  4. It's a challenge to keep the hikes a little different so that there is variety. I have to do the same with my birdwatcher group. there are only so many places I can take them,

  5. I love foggy hikes. It makes for great photos! I like how your group goes hiking no matter the weather.

  6. I'm glad you had mild weather for your hike. It's so green now that being out in nature is a joy!

  7. I do like the foggy scenes. Another good walk in some breathtaking countryside.

  8. gorgeous walk! And sorry about the latte.....I'm off to get mine in a little over an hour. :)

  9. Love the foggy pics. Soft is a good word. Makes the world look soft and gentle. Sorry about the latte. I've been more forgetful the older I get. As long as you remembered and lamented your loss over the trek, your mind is okay--LOL! :)

  10. Goodness all that with out the aid of caffeine. The fog would make the trip seem different even if you had done it before. The great concealer.

  11. Oh, you poor thing, a lost latte. Nice scenery despite the moisture.

  12. A lost latte would mean a groggy hike for me. Being caffeinated is very important! Of course, I'd need more than that to tackle a hike with the senior trail blazers.

  13. Hi DJan, I truly admire your senior walks. Makes me want to move up to Bellingham. :-) Enjoyed all your photos here. Looking forward to tomorrow's Eye but in the meantime wanted to stop by with a special thank you for helping me get the right name of the Spelling Bee winner. I left a reply to your comment on my blog as well. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  14. You do have the most beautiful places to walk with the most interesting lake names.

    Sorry about your latte loss. I'm afraid I've done the same sort of thing.


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