|Service road in dappled sun|
Today I asked Melanie to hike with me up to Burnout Point along the South Lost Lake trail. It is longer and harder than I've been available to do for quite awhile, but now that I am home after hiking eight miles and going up and down 2,100 feet of elevation, it makes me happy to say I not only did it, I only grumbled about my sore feet for a few minutes towards the end of the day.
The first two miles of the trail go up the Fragrance Lake service road before we turn off to head to our destination on the Lost Lake trail. Once we turned off the road, we had a very nice trail to follow, instead of the road.
|South Lost Lake trail|
I have never been on this trail when it was so completely taken over by foliage. Although the trail itself is clear, the vegetation on both sides was almost as tall as me. Flowers, bees, ferns, and myriad plants were enjoying the sunshine as much as we were! The stinging nettles were at times in danger of being within distance close enough to touch, which means that I had to be very careful not to be in their way. At one point I did brush against one, and that spot on my pinkie will be irritated for hours before it stops.
|Looking out at the San Juans|
We split off from the Lost Lake trail and headed off for our visit to the two spots we were calling our destination, first a look at the San Juan islands and Samish Bay. I couldn't get a very good picture because of the incredible growth of vegetation that blocked our view. It didn't matter, though, it was still a wonderful sight. And then we headed off another half-mile to view what is known as Burnout Point.
|Mt. Baker is behind those clouds|
Once again, we were thwarted from the full view, this time by clouds that hid our usual magnificent scene of Mt. Baker. No matter, we stopped for a nice lunch and then headed back down the way we had come.
Passing by our favorite waterfall, which today was nowhere near as full as we've seen it before, in the middle the sun lit up a segment of it that was so pretty; my camera didn't do it justice, but I had to include it anyway.
All in all, it was a very successful Thursday hike, and now that I know I can actually hike that far and that high once again, we'll be heading to some harder and more challenging places in the near future. I'm wiggling my bare toes in delight. Thanks, Mel, for challenging me to keep up my distance and strength!