|Our lovely trail|
Today, I asked Melanie if we could do something easy and relatively short, and she thought that would be a good idea. I suggested the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, and she readily agreed. We've done it many times before, and when we were hiking with the Senior Trailblazers, this was one place to come when the weather was iffy. But today it was just simply perfect for us: moderate temperature and mostly cloudy skies.
|Magnificent old growth tree|
There are many beautiful old growth trees in this reserve. It's 370 acres of forested land and wetland habitats protected by the Whatcom Land Trust and the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department. And it has lots of old trees that are truly lovely to wander amongst.
|More of the trail|
There are two parts to the trails in this reserve, the first and longest loop goes up the side of the "mountain" (nothing compared to last week's mountain), which is 2.8 miles around, and then a loop that goes to Geneva Pond, 1.2 miles. We went around the short loop twice, in order to get a total of 5.5 miles and 1,100 feet of elevation gain and loss. I felt great today and was happy to be out and am not at all tired.
Today the pond looked a little scummy along the top of its usually clear water. I think it must be detritus from the trees. I know I've been sneezing a bit lately, and consider it might be some of the pollen set loose during the changing fall season.
|Sunlight filtered through the trees|
As we began our final push back to the car, the sun came out and shined brightly through the trees. The day's delightful excursion turned out to be just about right for both of us.
|We each had a half martini|
Since it was just a little after noon, I suggested that we go somewhere for lunch. Melanie had taken me to Scotty Brown's before, but this is one of the few times I've eaten out since the pandemic hit, and I felt pretty safe since we have both received the latest booster shot and we sat in a covered outdoor patio. She suggested we share a basil grapefruit martini, and they brought it in two different glasses. A nearby patron took this picture of the two of us.
It was a sublime way to finish the afternoon after a lovely easy hike, and then we headed home, having had a filling lunch that cut the effects of the martini. I am not much of a drinker, but I sure did enjoy it, along with the great Thursday outing!
P.S. I cannot figure out how to fix the font mixup in the text, so you'll just have to deal with it, as I am having to do. Grrr!ReplyDelete
It looks like a delightful day - though your easy walk would challenge me.ReplyDelete
I am so glad that you enjoyed it - and your basil martini.
Sigh at blogger's frustrating ways.
A nice hike followed by martinis! What could be better? A cold beer maybe.ReplyDelete
Well, that first picture (breathtaking) and the last says it all! DJan, you're always full of surprises. And that martini looks downright refreshing. :^)ReplyDelete
Geneva Pond has great appeal.ReplyDelete
Great that this hike felt so good in many ways. It builds up the confidence.ReplyDelete
That must be a huge tree! So happy the hike went well for you today! I have not tried a martini of any sort...I am a Margarita gal:)ReplyDelete
This hike deserved a lovely toast for sure! Well done, my friend. It looks gorgeous there too.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a perfect day to me. An easy (for you) hike, great company, good lunch and a fun martini. No pain and lots of gain.ReplyDelete
I have never had a martini, so this was interesting. Glad you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
A very nice hike! No problem about the font issue. It is probably a very easy solution that you will find. Otherwise, your posting still works fine and is enjoyable.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fun day all around. And I don’t drink due to migraines (except for an Irish coffee on occasion in winter). But your drink looked like a good end of day treat!ReplyDelete
A fun way to round out a perfect morning.ReplyDelete
Awww... DJan... I love that photo of you and Melanie having a toast together after a beautiful walk. I really loved your Geneva Pond photo. Actually, I thought the scum you saw looked like an artistic swirl.ReplyDelete
Well that's a first. A hike followed by a martini. The high life is beckoning.ReplyDelete
What a lovely picture of the two of you!! I have been sneezing and such, too. That time of year. :)ReplyDelete
Wow!! This hike sounds simply marvelous.ReplyDelete