|Melanie took the picture and sent it to me|
I was sorry to miss the hike, but I knew it was the right thing. I walked to the bus stop and went to the coffee shop instead and then attended an hour-long class, my usual 9:00am class that I don't ever get to take except on Tuesdays (T-Th) since I'm hiking on Thursdays. My guys were at the coffee shop, so I asked someone to take our picture.
|What I did instead|
Great news! The state legislature finally passed a Capital Budget on January 18, 2018, including full funding to save the core of Blanchard State Forest from logging. The iconic trails, forests and habitat around Oyster Dome, Lily Lake and Samish Overlook will now be preserved for future generations!I asked Melanie if she had any stories about the day, what it was like, and she was happy to tell me that it rained most of the time; there were no views from the Dome, but one view of Samish Bay was fairly good.
|Samish Bay from the overlook on the way up|
|Chris in full rain regalia|
So that's the news from the very wet Pacific Northwest Trailblazers! Although my friends will benefit from the exercise, six miles and 1800 feet up and down, I'll be (hopefully) all well before enduring a seventeen-hour-long travel day!