...on Blueberry Hill! Today sixteen Senior Trailblazers headed up to Canyon Ridge, which we have christened Blueberry Hill because of the incredible profusion of blueberries, which we managed to consume until our fingers and mouths had turned several shades of purple. Although they were not as sweet as last year's crop, there were so many of them! And the fall colors, as you can see here, were just outstanding.
If you enlarge this picture, you can see that the red leaves are hiding a spectacular number of blueberries, and if we had not had a destination, we would probably have made ourselves sick standing around and eating them. As it was, we tore ourselves away from the berries to obtain our high point on the ridge below. You can easily see our trail leading to the top of that hill.
I know it looks like I fiddled with the color on this picture, but I didn't. This is what we saw today. Although there were high clouds, we could see Shuksan and Baker, even if partially obscured by clouds, and the Canadian and American border peaks. We could have hiked down a short ways and found ourselves in Canada. In fact, on the way back down to our cars, we saw three Border Patrol personnel heading up the trail. When we stopped for our lunch break around noon, you can clearly see the Canadian and American border peaks in this picture.
The rounded peak in the middle of the picture is the American Border Peak, and the one to its left is the Canadian Border Peak. The border itself is between the two. Those high clouds you see here were with us for the entire day, keeping us cool but dry. The weather for the next few days is expected to be much wetter, as well as windy, so we were all pleased to have our usual Thursday hike, seeing the beautiful fall colors while staying dry. It was just great! Here we are heading back down to our cars after a wonderful day enjoying the High Country.
I have lots more pictures, some of the gorgeous Shuksan and Baker, that I'll add to my Trailblazers link on the right-hand side of this blog, but I don't promise to do it before I've had my dinner and wine. Maybe tomorrow morning before heading to the gym... It was another magnificent day with my BFFs, and there were three new (to me) Trailblazers with us today. The more I think about my choice to retire here, the more amazed I am that Bellingham is so perfect. I am truly blessed.