|Our walk today|
Mel and I are not sure where the rest of the Senior Trailblazers went today. I suspect they followed the rules and went up to Oyster Dome from the Chuckanut Highway. We decided to go by ourselves to the Hertz trail at Lake Whatcom. It's one of our favorites, and with the forecast for lots of wind and rain, we wanted to be able to turn around if we needed to.
|Lake Whatcom when we started out|
As it turned out, we didn't, although it was definitely weather-y when we first took a look at the lake. One reason we chose this trail is that the wind was coming from the south, meaning we would be somewhat protected from the worst of the rain.
|A carpet of leaves|
In many places along this gorgeous trail, we saw lots of leaves on the ground, making a beautiful magic carpet for us to walk on. There were, as we learned, a few rocks and even the occasional puddle underneath this carpet, but we were dressed for it and took our time.
|Two fish getting frisky|
There are two bridges on this trail that cross over small streams that usually have, at this time of the year, fish returning to their spawning grounds. As we crossed one bridge, we saw these two fish, one male and one female (red arrows in upper left), doing what looked like acrobatics in the water. A park employee had just arrived and explained what we were seeing. He said that the female (the darker one) will get right up close to the male (the lighter one in back) and then she'll roll over on her side in some sort of courtship ritual. I know so little about this, but it was definitely fun to see all those fish contortions.
|The wind and rain lessened|
As we started back on the three-mile-long trail, the rain and wind had lessened quite markedly. Now, though, as I sit inside my warm apartment, it's started up again and is now looking quite inhospitable out there. I do hope that the other Trailblazers were able to get up the trail and back down before the worst of the wind and rain hit.
In any event, I am happy to have had a very nice outing, with nobody any the worse for wear. It was a great day!