Another outing to the Chuckanut Mountains. This is the primary place we have been going for our hikes lately. It is one of the nicer areas in Bellingham. It has some nice trails that wander through the woods. We ended up doing a loop trip, up to Lily lake and back.
One of the first things we came across was a few beautiful Red Flowering Currants. I love these plants in the spring. They are one of the first flowers to come out, and their color is so fresh and vibrant. Many of them were just budding out, so I have lots of great color to look forward to for a little bit from these jems.
On our way up my attention was grabbed by a pair of trees next to the trail. Some times trees will grow very close to each other, but usually they just grow straight up. These trees looked as if they were truely in love. You can’t see very far up these trees in the picture I took, but they make one complete twist around each other. Now perhaps I am just projecting, but they really seemed to have an essence of love to them. Ah, they made me smile and feel all mushy inside.
When we got up to the top, there was snow! Snow? Yes, it seems that winter does not quite want to release its hold. We keep seeing fresh snow on our foothills. Neither of us expected to make it up high enough on this hike to hit the snow, but alas we did. It was actually fun to crunch around in the thin layer of snow.
Here is Bernie enjoying the snow, and protecting his beloved camera from the inclement weather (it was hailing just a few minutes before this shot). Can you all tell I gave him a haircut recently?
On the way down we came across a little waterfall. There were actually a good hand full of them on the way down, but this was one of the more enjoyable ones. I am drawn to the waterfalls lately. They are a peaceful place to linger for sure.
Another enjoyable outing into the Chuckanuts. Plenty of uphill for getting in shape, and just as much downhill for an easy glide down.