|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.