Thursday, March 9, 2017

Little Mountain

Linda pointing out the route
Today eleven Senior Trailblazers went off to Little Mountain in Mt. Vernon, a short distance south of Bellingham, to Skagit County's largest park. I wasn't with them, but they sent me these pictures so I can post about their adventure. I had an appointment with a physical therapist to deal with my hip issue.
A little soggy
All of these pictures were taken by Melanie and I can see some people I recognize under all that rain gear: Carol, Linda, Ward, Peggy. Melanie said that Carol has a picture of everybody, but I'm feeling a little tired myself after such an intense session with Ed Deboo, so I'll just use her pictures for now. Here's the story of Ed's approach to physical therapy. I was more than a little impressed, and he warned me I would be sore. Yep, he was right.
Wonder what this was?
Some of these pictures need some description, but I'm afraid I'll have to wait awhile to find out what the heck this rusty old heap was. Or maybe nobody figured it out. Any ideas?
Descriptive signs
I figure that the top sign means it's steep, and the other one means it's not a smooth trail. I like the trekking poles at the bottom for emphasis. Next time I'll be there and know it'll be fun, especially if the weather is better than today's. It looks to me like most of the hike was very wet.
A little color
Aren't these pretty? I'm not sure, but I think they are red berries on an invasive ivy plant! Or maybe it's a native, but even looking at the picture up close gives me very little to go on. Peggy is always pointing out invasive species to us, and there is a prolific ivy that I see her pulling out when she gets a chance.

Anyway, I am also coming down with a cold, so I'm sitting here feeling a little droopy, but I am very encouraged about the possibility of my hip getting completely better. It might take some time, and I have "homework" to do every day with a foam roller, which I ordered from Amazon already.  I'm gong to treat myself to a nice glass of wine and hit the sack early tonight, hoping that tomorrow I'll be feeling better. Wish I could have been there with my pals, but you know I will join them again as soon as I'm able.


Carol has just sent me a batch of pictures that I simply must share with you. The first one is, of course, the whole group. This one really makes me wish I could have been there!
My pals on Little Mountain
This picture that Carol sent me is really beautiful and shows that even old wrecks can look good long after they're gone to their reward.
Western red cedar stumps
And then, to top it all off, they all went to Mikey's afterwards for soup and grilled cheese sandwiches! Feeling a little like maybe I should have a SECOND glass of wine tonight! I hope you enjoyed the news flash, I sure did.
Hot soup and grilled cheese, anyone?


  1. I am glad you are getting some help with your hip. Before you know it, you'll be out there on the trails again.

    The red cedar is incredible.

  2. That old cedar stump is wonderful!
    What are you treating in your hip - a muscle pull or something else? I hope the PT works fast.

  3. I hope you are feeling better in the morning. A real Doctor might be an answer. Physical Therapy is fine, but what is the diagnosis...I wonder like Linda. PT will help if they are treating you for the right ailment. What caused the there an underlying cause? I want you to walk a long time yet so that is why I ask all the questions:)

  4. Love the newsflash. And hope you are feeling MUCH better tomorrow.

  5. Sorry you couldn't go, but hope your hip keeps improving.

  6. How nice of your friends to send you photos from today's hike. Almost as good as being there.....well maybe. Fingers crossed for a quick recovery!

  7. Feel better soon....
    I love the photos. Your buds are waving at you. They miss you, too, I'm sure.
    That old rusty pile of "what is it?" is mysterious-looking isn't it.
    My first inclination: helicopter.
    Perhaps its the remains of Malaysia Flight 370. That plane hasn't yet been found.
    Sending you smiles...

  8. Yes, when they give you homework , they mean business. Keep at the homework. It works. Here's for a quick recovery.

  9. I was wondering, too, what the diagnosis was on your hip? I hope it all works out and you are back on your feet and that this illness that is befalling you doesn't last long. So sweet of them to send you the wonderful pictures! I love the one of everyone waving to you, but they are all great. :)

  10. I was going to make some crack about how at least you know enough to stay out of the rain ... but it looks like they had a good time and I'm sure you wish you were with them. Anyway, hope your hip feels better.

  11. Too bad about the sore hip. Nice photos, though. That grilled cheese sandwich and soup looked great.

  12. I am like the rest wondering about the diagnosis. Did he run any tests? I do so hope this gets you back in your hiking boots soon. I know you hate being on the side lines but it is so sweet of your friends to take you along vicariously.
    What goes better with soup than a grilled cheese? Nothing.

  13. It's frustrating not being able to do what we want - when we have problems with any part of our body, so here's hoping all will be well again soon!


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