|Fragrance Lake trail|
Today Melanie and I went on one of our favorite hikes, up the Fragrance trail to Fragrance Lake, around the lake, and back down the access road, making a nice five-mile loop. Instead of taking the trail halfway around the lake that would take us down the Two Dollar trail, we skipped it, since I wasn't feeling all that ambitious and was happy to keep the hike a little shorter. We did climb about 1,200 feet up and down, so it wasn't all that easy. Maybe for Mel, but I was happy I didn't have any moments where I felt like I had to stop and catch my breath.
|Lovely view of Samish Bay from the Overlook|
As we usually do, we took the path that leads off the main trail to this viewpoint, where we can see Samish Bay, Lummi Island, and when it's perfectly clear, we can also see the Olympics, which are behind those low clouds. The weather could not have been better, though: cool and really delightful in the shade, which we had plenty of on the trail.
|Interesting tree roots|
I was mesmerized by this strange looking tree root, covered with moss and snaking around like a little like a, well, snake. Probably at some point there was something under it that section to make it gain such a shape, but in any event, I thought it would make for a good picture, and it does.
|The lake with lily pads|
Then we were at the lake, and as we made our way around it, we were both surprised by the large numbers of people we saw: some swimmers even, several dogs, and plenty of hikers who were enjoying the wonderful day, as we were. If you look carefully, you can see some of them in the light directly across the lake from us.
|The trail going around the lake|
In this picture, the lake is on the left, just barely visible through the trees, and we were almost around the lake and back to the main trail, which leads up to the logging road where we walked back to the parking lot, giving us a nice loop hike. It was a pretty perfect day, with no surprises, pratfalls, or problems of any sort. Now I'm home, it's early in the afternoon, so I'm going out to water and prune my flowers and let them enjoy some TLC.