Sunday, May 03, 2020
I met my friends Pat and Hanne at a trail head in the Cascade mountains for a hike under new conditions. We all drove separately; and we hiked 6 feet apart. We stepped off the trail if other hikers were coming. The trail was open, but parking was restricted to one area.
I am really glad I went. It has been at least seven weeks since I last was on a hike in the wilderness. Most of the nearby trails us remain closed; but some trails along the rivers and lakes have opened because fishing season has started. The hike was only about 4 miles, but I found it challenging. I have lost a lot of my hiking fitness over the past seven weeks. I will add much more hiking into my fitness routine, particularly once the tree pollen subsides.
I found my hike in nature to be inspiring and re-energizing. And I love to seeing my friends in person, even staying 6 feet apart.
Pat and me, 6 feet apart
The Yellow flowers blooming in the snowmelt are skunk cabbage; but these did not have the characteristic bad odor.
Trilliums were in bloom
And we were lucky to see calypso orchids, tiny fragile flowers that look like exotic jewels for the forest.
I don’t know the name of this mushroom; it looks like a burnt orange empty eggshell.
I really loved my hike. I hope I can do more of these. I think the authorities are trying to control the overcrowding on the trails by limiting parking; there was only room for about 10 cars and 6 boat trailers at the trail head. We got the last parking spaces, and we met only a few other hikers on this trail.
I was so inspired and renewed by the beautiful wilderness!