The Rambling Writer Returns to the Mountains

Join Thor , Bear dog, and me as we heed the call of the wild to the Mt. Baker Wilderness.

NOTE: For more virtual getaways you may enjoy this summer, I’ll be weaving in some outdoor excursions between our virtual-vacation series from our Thailand trip. Next week we’ll take you back to Bangkok!

It had been a long time without mountain hikes for us: For me, a misdiagnosed hip-tendon tear two and a half years ago (could it have been that snowshoeing mishap when I slid into a tree well?), a failed surgery, injections, rounds of physical therapy, and So Many cautions to go slow and avoid repeated injury. For Thor, permanent nerve damage in his right calf requiring a prosthetic device. The joys of aging! But we had a partly-sunny day between rains this week, and as we gazed longingly toward the snow-capped peak of Mt. Baker an hour away, we declared, “It’s time!” We would work with what we’ve got. For a starter hike, we picked the easy lower portion of Hannegan Peak Trail, relatively snow-free in early summer and featuring a gradual ascent.

The gravel road off the Mt. Baker Highway starts with a peek-a-boo view across Hannegan Creek toward Mt. Shuksan (above). Just as we reached the usual parking area for the trail, we encountered a big washout where the road used to be:

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The Rambling Writer Returns to the Mountains — 4 Comments

  1. That was a beautiful day. We didn’t get that far but being in the mountains and not hearing any traffic or lawn mowers or news for a few hours is magical.