|Interesting root system|
Today Melanie and I went to Blanchard Mountain, one of our favorite places when the weather is conducive to a hike, meaning when it's not raining or too awfully muddy. Today, although it was cold, it was just right for a trip to Lizard Lake from the Upper Trailhead parking lot. There was not really a lot to capture for pictures, cloudy and overcast, casting everything once again in winter monochromes.
|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|
You can see that it was still rather cold at the lake, with a very shallow ice covering most of it. We took the time to have a quick snack, too. Of course Melanie brought a treat, these being her latest culinary exploit: linzer cookies. They were a lot of work, she told me, but she made enough to take to her dance class, and if they enjoyed them as much as I did my very own today, I'm sure everyone was very happy to be around, as I was, to taste them.
|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.
I am so lucky to have not only an excellent hiking buddy, but one that likes to bake really wonderful goodies!