The Rambling Writer: Autumn Color in the Mountains

Now that “winter is coooming,” and the gloomy gray rain of the usual Pacific Northwest slog through the dark days is looming, here are a few highlights of my last couple of autumn hikes with Thor and Bear dog, to lighten our ways. (Good thing I’m not trying to make a living as a poet.)  I’ll combine two outings–one of our favorite mountain hikes to Yellow Aster Meadows and one to Twin Lakes, both near Mt. Baker.

A week or so ago, the drive up the Mt. Baker Highway was in prime viewing condition, the mossy large-leaf maples blazing with light:

Yes, we have Ent trees here, and they speak if you listen:

Bear dog got to wear his dapper anti-hunter vest, as it is the season to be visible as not-that-kind-of-bear:

Heading up the old mining road toward Twin Lakes, with eternally-snowclad Mt. Baker in the background:

Picnic at the Twin Lakes–Thor always brings all the essentials plus!

Snow dog Bear:

LOTS of wild blueberries this year. Delicious!

Hiking in T-shirt weather right before Halloween:

We can’t figure out the wacky weather lately (climate change, anyone?)–a week later, we got a couple inches of snow at home in Bellingham, WA. Turtle cat was not thrilled:

So when we get a sunny day off from teaching and writing, we Seize the Day!


You will now find The Rambling Writer’s blog posts here every Saturday. Sara’s latest novel from Book View Cafe is available in print and ebook: The Ariadne Connection.  It’s a near-future thriller set in the Greek islands. “Technology triggers a deadly new plague. Can a healer find the cure?”  The novel has received the Cygnus Award for Speculative Fiction. Sara has recently returned from a research trip in Greece and is back at work on the sequel, The Ariadne Disconnect.




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