|Chanterelle trail threesome|
Today six of us Trailblazers wanted to hike up to the viewpoint on the Chanterelle trail, which we have already done many times this year, and will probably do quite a few more before we are able to go back into the High Country. Because of Covid, we are supposed to keep our groups limited to five, so we broke up into two groups, a faster group and a slower group. I was with the slower ones and walked happily behind Al, the Trailblazers leader for many years, and it was so nice to remember days when we could actually have whole groups all hiking together.
|Golden leaves and Al|
We started out in mild temperatures and Al had just taken off a layer (as had I) before heading onward and upward. This hike takes us up about a thousand feet in 2.4 miles to a viewpoint, before heading up another 2.5 miles if we wanted to go further. We called it quits at the viewpoint, though, so we could head home early, some of us with appointments and other things to do.
|Overlooking Lake Whatcom|
The view today shows clouds, no sun, but there was also no precipitation from those low clouds, which made us very happy. You can see we have already lost a lot of leaves from those deciduous trees and bushes, but with the mild temperatures and very little wind, we stayed long enough for a picture.
|Dianne, Joy, Terry, Mel, Al (and me behind the camera)|
It wasn't as cold as it looks like it might be, considering how we are dressed. I didn't see many mushrooms, as we saw last week, but the morning was lovely anyway; it was delightful to be out with good friends. I didn't take many pictures, as I've visited this spot so many times before that I was not exactly inspired to take the same shots once again. It was just a good way to spend a Thursday morning, and now that I'm home, I can look back and be grateful once again for the wonderful places we have around here to enjoy.