|Fog makes for misty beauty|
Today Melanie and I decided to hike one of our favorites, the Chanterelle trail, since it was misting pretty heavily and wasn't all that warm. This way we could turn around at any time if we decided to. But we went all the way to the viewpoint.
When we started out, the misty rain had diminished considerably, giving us hope that we might be able to stay out in the elements a little longer. We started up the trail, with just a bit of fog at first, but that changed as we made our way upwards.
|Our trail was mostly pretty dry|
We also knew that most of the hiking trails today would be muddy, with this one having the best chance of offering up only small puddles, giving us the ability to navigate around them. We carried on a nice conversation the entire time, as we went up to the viewpoint, not knowing for sure what we would be able to see.
|See all the rain droplets?|
When we got to the viewpoint, I saw this sign, which would tell us what we might see. We've done this many times, and I almost always get a pretty good view of Lake Whatcom. Today, this is what we saw.
|There's a lake down below|
Although it was socked in, it was also not raining, but the fog was thick enough to plant a few droplets on our heads. Not enough to make us put on our rain gear, however. We walked a short distance down the logging road from here, just to make our distance a bit longer before returning back down the trail. We ended up covering 5.25 miles and 1,100 feet of elevation gain and loss. Enough to make us happy to be outdoors, but not enough to exert either one of us beyond our abilities.
As we began our descent, the fog lifted, for the most part, and we had a chance to enjoy these old trees. We are quite pleased that we stayed mostly dry and away from the puddles I know are filled with rainwater on some of the other trails we considered. Not to mention we were back to the car after just a few hours of hiking, feeling happy and filled with good company and Mel's oatmeal cookies. Another fine day.
The mist adds the right touch to things.ReplyDelete
5.25 miles wasn't an exertion?? Well, the misty photos are nice, but the clarity of that final photo was downright startling. 🙂ReplyDelete
PS. I hit Enter before I finished, I meant to say when I enlarged that last photo. It is breathtaking on my hi-def tablet.ReplyDelete
I am always impressed by your hugs trees!ReplyDelete
Foggy mist is better than pouring rain. Still beautiful. :)ReplyDelete
Simply gorgeous. Thank you for taking us along on your magical mystical meander.ReplyDelete
The fog adds another wonderful element to this hike. Thank you for taking us along.ReplyDelete
The fog at the top was very dense but you had a good walk.ReplyDelete
Yep, the lake is missing! Cool views though, like walking through a cloud. I'd expect some hobbits to peer out from the trees. Linda in KansasReplyDelete
Another fine day, indeed!ReplyDelete
What an atmospheric hike.ReplyDelete
I have not experienced fog since my time in San Francisco in 1968. Don't miss it.ReplyDelete
Fog almost makes it seem like a different world, glad you had a good hike:)ReplyDelete
Love the fog... always reminds me of 'the dragon's breath'ReplyDelete
I like your photos even when I can't see anything ... like the lake below.ReplyDelete
I had tree rain on my head in my driveway yesterday from the fog collecting on our tall fir trees.ReplyDelete
I do love fog. It's so mysterious. But then again whenever I think of fog, I think of Sandburg's "Fog comes in on little cat feet..."ReplyDelete
I'm so happy you had such a great walk with Melanie.
Thank you, DJan, for your kind comment on my new post. You did not mention if you got a kick out of my chatting with ChatGPT, the new fascination with artificial intelligence technology on the web. Today, I was chatting with the bot and just can’t resist sharing this exchange with you. I think it will leave you smiling. I asked this question: “Can you recommend a small city or town in the Pacific Northwest of America which is a pleasant place to live.” Here is the bot’s answer: “Bellingham, Washington. Located about 90 miles north of Seattle, Bellingham is a small city with a population of around 87,000 people. It’s known for its picturesque setting on Bellingham Bay, surrounded by the North Cascades and the San Juan Islands. Bellingham has a strong sense of community, with a vibrant downtown area and a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. It’s also home to Western Washington University, which gives the city a college-town feel.” It looks like you’ve found the right place to retire! JohnReplyDelete
There is nothing more beautiful than fog!!ReplyDelete