|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.