|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.
You really, really do have such beautiful spaces to walk, DJan. That's what keeps you in such tip top shape. Gee... I wonder if we have limits on how many people hike together. I can't remember.ReplyDelete
I am so glad that you could get out - in a beautiful place, with the most excellent company.ReplyDelete
What a great place to hike. And decent weather, although an ex-pat Seattle kid I still have rainwear for just about any conditions :-)ReplyDelete
That first photo blew me away, my gosh just beautiful. How terrific that you have such places to visit, and not alone. BTW, that was a great title :)ReplyDelete
I also find that I lack enthusiasm for taking photos in places that I've been many times before.I just keep watching for something That would be different.ReplyDelete
...and wonderful places indeed! I'm so glad you shared & grateful you share good friends with similar activities & interests.ReplyDelete
You have the places.ReplyDelete
Looks like a nice outing with your friends.ReplyDelete
What marvelous views you have. It was so nice to see Al back at the lead. It has been a while and it is good to know he is all right. He did have some problems a while back if I remember correctly.ReplyDelete
It's great to have hikes that are close and familiar. I walk a lot around my neighborhood which isn't the same thing. I need to find some decent nature walks.ReplyDelete
You have marvelous places to hike and good friends. Nice to see Al again. :)ReplyDelete
A wonderful place for a hike.ReplyDelete
I notice: no leaves on the trail. Nice. Makes for surer footing.ReplyDelete
Today is another pretty day after a bit of rain overnight. Some trees are bare here and others are just coloring up. They look great against our blue sky today.ReplyDelete
While I can't go hiking anymore I could feel myself in that first photo, loving being outside in nature and wondering what lies around the next bend.
Good to see Al again! What a view if it it was cloudy!ReplyDelete
You have the best hiking venues, it's great to see Al back on the trail !ReplyDelete
So serene and beautiful DJan.