Last year on January 15, the Senior Trailblazers headed up to Lost Lake. It was frozen solid when we got there. Almost exactly one year later, today (January 21), we got to the lake to see absolutely no frost or ice anywhere (click on any picture to enlarge). The picture above shows the drainage from Lost Lake. I heard yesterday that Seattle, just down the road a piece from Bellingham, is on track to have its warmest January ever. Our temperature today was in the mid-50's (around 13 C) in the middle of January!!
Seventeen of us met at the Senior Center, a large group. This was probably due to the balmy weather and the promise of sunshine. Although we did have the sun peek out from behind the clouds now and then, it was mostly overcast. The hike to Lost Lake took us up and down about 2,000 feet as we covered more than ten miles. As I'm sitting here in front of the computer, I can feel that I will not only sleep well tonight, but I am sore just about everywhere.
When we stopped for lunch, we didn't have to bundle up as we usually do when we stop to eat after hiking. We chatted and shared stories before starting back. We actually circumnavigated the lake, going up one side and down to the lake, then up around the other side, and finally back to the trailhead.
Do I live in a beautiful part of the country, or what? I am so blessed to have not only these incredible people to take me places I wouldn't know about otherwise, but I have YOU, my very special blogging friends, to share it with!