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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Mountain Carpe Diem

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we soak up the last beautiful days of summer in our Pacific Northwest mountains.

“But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;”

These days so many of us are hearing Andrew Marvell’s wheels inexorably approaching. No need to enumerate all the crises facing the world! Despite our own recent years of stresses, Thor and I (and, of course, Bear dog) keep finding ways to connect with Nature and save our sanity. More or less. (NOTE: Thor, Bear dog, and I recently escaped from the latest round of Life challenges for a short hike in the mountains. We missed most of the fall color, so here’s a better glimpse of an earlier hike there.)

“Let’s carpe the heck out of this diem!” Thor cried. So we joined our friend Brenda at the Bagley Lakes trail head for a mellow hike, picnic, and blueberry munching on the slopes of Mt. Baker (the native Koma Kulshan), where we could look across the lake ravine at rugged Mt. Shuksan.

The drive up the Mt. Baker Highway from Bellingham, WA, is always a delight, but as fall ripens, the huge, moss-covered maple trees along the Nooksack River burst into yellow flame. Here, at the ranger station, one of my favorite of these Ent Trees towers over a life-size statue honoring the Civilian Conservation Corps that built many sturdy structures in our parks and forests.

We head out into the lake/stream ravine, with a glimpse backwards at Mt. Shuksan.

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