Feeling really good. I got up early on the Saturday morning of a three day weekend and hiked and jogged around Blanchard Mountain. I threw in the British Army Trail, and looped back via the logging roads. Just an absolutely terrific morning on trail.
I have an old phone, and I'll replace it one of these days. It doesn't capture the best pics, but I'd rather throw these up here and have them then not. What I'm saying is the phone doesn't capture things as they are. The temps were in the 70s, not a cloud in the sky, and the trails were not too busy, because of the early start.
I've only taken the British Army Trail a few times. A lot of work has been done on the trail, and the white scrapes suggest to me that it is part of the Pacific Northwest Trail. It's a less-traveled gem, and the logging roads back to the upper parking lot was a quiet, solitary experience--how I like it. On the logging roads, the view of Mount Baker was magnificent at one point. Magnificent--really spectacular. Well, hello there kind of moment.
Mount Rainier was out too. Sitting square in the middle of the view, from the Overlook, looking down across the Skagit Valley flats and Bow. I don't typically see it. Big mountain, Rainier. Hello, you too.
The Olympics Range was also viewable, over Anacortes.
The State Legislature is wrestling with whether or not to protect Blanchard Mountain from logging, and for recreational use. Frankly, it looks like a lot of logging has already occurred up there, selectively. The trail is quite a bit different from when I first started running and hiking up there, so many years ago. Also, there is four to five times the foot traffic. The place is very much used and appreciated.
Off the mountain for now. Might go up again this weekend; the weather is good. Cueing up the barbq now, with some Bob Marley beats kicking. Might have to be a homebody, and garden, roof care, and all those sorts of things. Lively up myself.
Train rolling around the corner on the waterline
I promise--Mt. Rainier sits large in the middle of this photo, if you squint. Click to enlarge.
Bow, Chuckanut Drive and the Skagit Flats
Skagit Flats in the foreground, than March Point, and the Olympics Range beyond
Another shot of Bow/Chuckanut/Skagit Flats
Lizard Lake - fish were hopping
Here's a fail picture of Mt. Baker. The lighting didn't work. But the view is special, from the logging roads retiring to the upper Blanchard parking lot.