|The most sun we saw today|
Melanie let me choose where we would hike today, with the temperature almost down to freezing when I walked out the door, and with rain expected sometime during the day, I didn't want to do anything too terribly challenging. But I still wanted to get my steps in and take some pictures. We ended up driving to Lake Padden and making two loops around the lake with a bit of the back trails thrown in for good measure. As you can see in this picture, we actually had a few visible shadows, but no sun.
It was a very nice visit to the trails behind the main loop around the lake, which added some distance for us. We also saw lots of people whose dogs were taking them for a walk. Those back trails allow for dogs to be off leash, and they took plenty of advantage of their need to sniff, run exuberantly, and fertilize the premises. Most people followed the rules and picked up after their dogs.
|Fireweed gone to seed|
You can tell how far we are from the summer flowers, when you look at the bones of the fireweed, which is purple and lush when in bloom. It's also a late summer/early autumn flower, so it's obvious we are well on our way to winter.
|Just before the rain started|
All those lovely trees will soon be bare, as we have a big storm headed our way, with lots of wind and rain. But for now, it's just looking beautiful. This was almost the last picture I took today, because not long after, it began to mist heavily, which then turned into serious rain. I pulled out my raincoat and we finished our nice hike as we headed towards the warmth and dry conditions of Mel's car. We went 6.4 miles and up and down a measly 880 feet, but it was a good workout, and we both felt satisfied with the day by the time we finished.
Mel had brought along some of her famous buckwheat chocolate chip cookies, which I really enjoyed. Mel is a really wonderful friend! I am at home now, content and having no need to go anywhere else today. And I am filled with gratitude for my many blessings.