|Snow on the pussy willows|
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Frigid but sunny
|Unusual scene for this area|
|A beautiful winter's day|
|Ice on the right, dry trail on the left|
|Dappled sunlight belies the cold|
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Beginning or end of week
|Richard Marcus photo|
Thursday, February 16, 2023
|Interesting root system|
|Trail to Lizard Lake|
As we ascended higher on the way to the lake, we ran into a bit of snow. It was never hard to navigate and made for some pretty scenery. We covered six miles on today's adventure, and went up and down around 1,500 feet of elevation gain and loss.
|Lizard Lake with ice|
|Melanie's linzer cookies|
Oh, they were good! I have two more, which she gave me to share at the coffee shop tomorrow. She made them for Valentine's Day and said they were not all that fresh, but I beg to differ: they were amazingly good and such a wonderful treat. They are pictured here sitting on a frozen, icy log at Lizard Lake.
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Valentine from the Universe
|Can spring be far behind?|
The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh. —Rumi
That quote seemed appropriate for today, when we celebrate love in its many forms. I am home after having walked to the bus early, enjoying the cold as I had dressed just right for the weather. After watching the sun come up in a cloudless sky, it made me realize it will stay cold like this for awhile, and that is just fine. However, the wind made me happy to be warmly dressed.
Yesterday I attended my first yoga class at the Senior Center. It was not a hard class, so I didn't expect to be as sore as I am today. It made me aware once again that you cannot store fitness. I also went today to my second Zumba class, and I once again realized that jumping around like that takes energy, and I might not feel it's necessary to worry about completing every move; I found myself tiring and brought down my activity level until I felt a little more in control. Whew! I can now feel just fine sitting in my easy chair and enjoying more quiet pursuits.
|Pussy willows just starting|
I was so pleased to see, on my walk home, that there are the beginnings of pussy willows appearing on a favorite bush. It's early, but they are definitely there, no longer dormant. And the warm sun will continue to help them spring forth.
These are the first blossoms I've seen actually coming up out of the ground this spring, and they sure do look beautiful to my eyes. Once I finish this Tuesday post, I think I'll spend the rest of the day enjoying myself and hanging out with my Valentine. I hope you have a wonderful day, too.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Change of plans
Melanie and I had tentatively decided to hike to Lizard Lake on Blanchard Mountain today, but we woke to a light rain, expected to continue on and off all morning. So, we changed our plans and instead headed to the Hertz trail, and we went out and back for 6.2 miles, mostly flat. I'm glad we did, because the rain didn't quit until close to the end of our excursion. Not that I mind a bit of rain, but it would have been quite muddy as well. Two things I can do without.
|Bench where you can rest a bit|
We didn't have much to photograph, nothing new at any rate, but I remember passing by this bench many times over the years. It was wet and uninviting today. It was much nicer just to keep moving to stay warm and enjoy each other's company.
|Fog, fir trees, and calm waters|
We never had even a glimpse of sun, or even a shadow, but towards the end of our walk, we did see the clouds lighten a little, and I always enjoy seeing the trees looking so beautiful through the low-lying fog. It was, as always, nice to be outdoors and getting in our daily exercise. Mel's car has heated seats, so it wasn't easy to pry myself out for our Thursday hike, but I'm glad I did. We are in much better moods than before we started. Hopefully, next week we can do Blanchard Mountain.
I am struggling to maintain my positivity when I read the news. As of today, the death toll from the earthquake in Turkey/Syria has surpassed 20,000. It's an unbelievable tragedy. If you are looking for a good place to donate money, I recommend Doctors Without Borders, which performs incredible assistance all over the world. They have been helping with this awful disaster since right after it struck three days ago. It's my favorite go-to humanitarian assistance website.
And prayers can only help. Stay positive, my friends.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
|Whatcom Falls last Saturday|
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Huckleberry and Lower Salal trails
|Lower Salal, with roots|
Today, Melanie and I went out to the N. Chuckanut Mountain trailhead to hike up to one of my favorite places, the Lower Salal trail. It's about a mile and a half from the trailhead to the beginning of this lovely trail, which is fun to hike on year round. We see lots of trillium here during the springtime months, but for now, it's just fallen leaves and lots of ferns, which thrive in this environment.
|I'm there for size perspective|
Mel asked me to stand next to this fine old tree, which I've pointed out many times before, but even I was amazed at what a difference it makes to see something that can give you an idea of the size of it. That tiny dot of white is my hair!
We hiked from the Lower Salal trail back down to the Hemlock trail, and then took a side trail up to the Huckleberry viewpoint. There was really nothing to see, except for the two of us, since the low clouds gave us little viewing pleasure.
|Mel at Huckleberry bench|
We stopped here to have some lunch, and Mel brought out her latest cookie creation, my very favorite buckwheat chocolate chip cardamom delights. I ate two, which was quite filling and some of the best of her many different creations. This bench brings back memories of many previous visits, but today it was so nice to share my day with Melanie!
|Me at the Huckleberry bench|
Mel took this picture of me before we began our descent back down to the Hemlock trail, which took us back to the trailhead. We covered 5.91 miles, according to her tracker, and more than 1,500 feet of elevation gain and loss. Now that I am home, warm and cozy, I can also say that it was never all that warm, and if it hadn't been for the fine company, it would have been a lot shorter excursion for me. But she kept me entertained and well fed, so it was a very, very good day.