|(from left) John, Leeann, Terry, Julie, Karen, (?), Linda|
It always happens to me this way: I meet a lot of new people and one I didn't ride with and I met briefly, I have forgotten her name. Anyway, I was behind the camera, but these are the seven people I hiked with today (Connie?). We had a great time driving the long distance to the trailhead, which starts on the other side of the Baker Dam. It's about an hour and a half drive, but well worth every minute.
|Leeann and HUGE tree|
It turns out that Leeann is a major tree hugger, and her friends believe that this might be the biggest one of all she's hugged. I have admired this tree every time I've done the hike.
|Lots of green and lot of maidenhair ferns|
This hike is so pretty and green, all year round, but I am always thrilled by the huge number of maidenhair ferns that abound in this area. They are my favorite, as you can see them on the right-hand side of the picture in profusion.
|Bridge across Baker Creek|
The hike is four miles from the trailhead to Maple Grove campground, and we must cross over the roaring creek on this rickety bridge. It's not as scary as it looks here, but I never let go of the guideline the entire way across, both directions.
There were plenty of beautiful flowers, and this picture shows the foam flower rather well, but many of the others I took didn't turn out. Suffice it to say, they were abundant and much admired by our group. And then we were at the lake!
|Mt. Baker and the lake|
It was truly beautiful and quite a perfect day. We stopped here for a nice lunch and enjoyed each other's company for about a half hour before turning around and returning the way we had come.
|Me and Baker|
I asked Julie to take a picture of me so I would also be chronicled as well as everyone else taken in that first picture. It was such a gorgeous day, and everything turned out better than we could have hoped for.
|Just as pretty on the return trip|
I would say, for the entire group, that the day's exertions were well worth everything, including the long drive (thank you drivers Julie and Linda), but it all turned out perfectly. Now I am home, finishing up the post so that I can grab a quick bite before settling in for the rest of the day. I love this new Senior Trailblazers hiking group!