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Spring hike

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!
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    so much I had to catch up on your blogs going back to the bird that you drew . I had to chuckle when you felt sorry because you thought Mr. Kingfisher did not look to peppy !! I am so sorry about your friend that passed. One does never know when we see them last. My sister in law in Virginia lost 3 of her friends to the virus one in her seventies ,one forty the other sixty. My Mom's friend her son Danny here in town 56 passed because of the virus he gave it to his Mom,but she is doing rather well now she is 89
    Congratulations on your weight loss I gained 1 pound back during the shut in I still have my goal to get to 136 I am 151.6 was 178 .
    You have an interesting yard don't you all have grass in your yards? You have no mowing my husband would just love that !!The lava rocks must be ancient .Do you all normally have herds of deer coming into the yards? The purple orchid is beautiful on the forest floor.That was a neat idea with the group your on taking pictures from your windows. You look beautiful in your photo of the weight loss.
    Our town is going in the yellow next Friday YIPPY SKIPPY it is a start. I felt so bad for this young girl in her twenties just opened a new restaurant 2 weeks before the virus & had to shut down. We live in a town of a little over 10,000 During the 1918 flu pandemic my Nanny was 12 & 50 million people died world wide of that virus her Mom & sister had it she had to take care of the family learned to bake bread at 12 ,she said a mark was put on your front door to let others know someone had the flu in the home. She said neighbors dropped food off at the door.She lived to be 95. During the shut in I helped Mom go thru her entire home she got rid of so much from the years. The center finally opened up yesterday ( Friday ) for four hours so we could drop things off. I am going thru my place as well not to bad as I keep up on it since last June when I had a huge yard sale & got rid of so much . I am finding now the things I kept I no longer want so I am packing them up as well.Take care & have a lovely weekend !! ( Judy )
    128 days ago
    Good for you! Glad you went too! I can't wait to go to our fave trails they just opened up yesterday! Probably this weekend. Such a nice area. Only problem with some areas, restroom will be closed.
    Not good for long hikes.
    You'll get your stamina back soon. That's what I'm afraid of- I will not be able to walk far at first after this shutdown of all parks for past 5-6 weeks.
    Have a good week. ❤️
    138 days ago
    Lovely pics. Great that you could get out to hike.
    140 days ago
    great you could hike with some friends
    stay safe hun emoticon
    140 days ago
    We really appreciate seeing our friends in person too. We only do drive-way visits and are always at least 6' apart, but there is just something about having them there where we can SEE how they are doing. Your flowers are so exotic. The only one that we have in our woods are the Trillium and they are beautiful. I wouldn't mind having some Calypso Orchids, great color. We also have Jack in the Pulpit.

    I am so glad to hear that Hanne is still hiking. You are so lucky to have such an enjoyable group of friends who enjoy hiking as much as you do.

    Have a good week.
    140 days ago
    Oh, my..I am so happy you hit the trails with yr friends today!
    You needed that!
    And your flower pix were so amazing...thank you!
    140 days ago
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    So happy that you enjoyed a lovely hike with your friends...finally!! Love the pics, especially seeing calypso orchids and skunk cabbage for the first time!
    140 days ago
    I’m glad you. Were able to get out with your friends. Peter and I spent much of the day outside; I worked i. The garden and he gave the car a really good cleaning.

    Lovely pictures, Alison.
    140 days ago
    Such beautiful flowers and such breathtaking scenery. I agree with you about the 7 weeks of inactivity. My favorite aerobic activity was water aerobics, and my body really misses that exercise. My husband has not been able to go to his pulmonary therapy workouts during this time. I’m sure that collectively our world is much less physically fit than it was 7 weeks ago.
    140 days ago
    Love your outdoor pics. I like to hike too.
    141 days ago
    What a beautiful hike! Your pictures are so lovely. What fun to be able to get together (6 feet apart) and enjoy the day. I look forward to the day when I get to go to my favorite lake and just sit there...and breathe in the mountain air. Hopefully soon! Thanks so much for sharing xo
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