I see Blogger has a new template out there, and the bugs are so very obvious. But in any event, I'm going to try to publish a new post. It's not easy these days, being a blogspot blog, is it? I can't see how I can change the size of my picture, it's missing as of right now (fixed it!). But if you click on it, you should be able to see it in full size. With me behind the camera, here are the other thirteen Senior Trailblazers.
Today, fourteen of us headed up to the Wells Creek Road to hike yet again on a road. It was nice and wide, but the difference between a road hike and a trail hike are very evident to my legs. Right now, after eleven miles on a hard surface up and back, my legs are complaining, and I know I wasn't alone.
Norm wanted to take a picture using his camera, with me in it, but once he got into position, he couldn't figure out how to turn it on!
Well, if I turn this knob, or if I make this adjustment, it should work. But you know, it didn't. Here is what we looked like as we watched Norm trying to figure out how to take his picture:
Finally, though, he said it worked (I have no proof) and we set out on the road. We hiked fairly gently uphill and finally stopped for lunch right around noon right at Barr Creek. The road from here goes fairly steeply uphill, and we had a very nice break before turning around and heading back down.
Here you see Carol and Amy sitting under the bridge as Barr Creek runs by. Both this creek and Wells Creek join at the place where we began this hike to make the very impressive Nooksack Falls. Today we repeated what we did last week: leave sunny Bellingham to head to the High Country and walk in clouds and even a bit of rain. We didn't have a view, although there is a fantastic view of Mt. Baker somewhere behind the clouds.
Today, however, the only real view we got was at the end of the hike, when some people walked over to see the Falls, and Amy, our Social Secretary, brought out the cupcakes to celebrate Mike's 70th birthday. We can always count on Amy to remind us when an event needs to be borne in mind. And this was one I wouldn't want to miss!
Happy birthday, Mike (also known herein as Mikey Poppins), and many more to come! Today we covered eleven miles, or perhaps a little more, and around 1,400 feet elevation gain and loss. It was a day that we will keep in mind as Mike moves into his eighth decade. I'm a little jealous, since I have to wait more than a year for that event. We all wish you many more hikes and birthdays!