The Rambling Writer Rerun: Chain Lakes Hike, 2018

As the U.S. West is on fire and our mountains obscured by smoke, here’s a reminder that many wilderness hikes are still there, waiting or recovering. Here’s a favorite below Mt. Baker in NW Washington.

I plan to return soon to my weekly “virtual vacation” blog series on Thailand, though I’m still finding it difficult to spend much time at the computer after surgery. Here’s another of Thor’s, Bear dog’s, and my favorite hikes in this rerun from 2018. Some things remain the same: the terrible wildfires ravaging the West again this summer. We’ve been lucky here in the Pacific Northwest, but now more wildfires are coming near, with smoke from local and distant fires.

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we hike the Ptarmigan Ridge trail beneath Mt. Baker and cool off in brisk, clear mountain lakes.

It was one of those “life happens” weeks, but we managed a quick escape between those “happenings” and waves of wildfire smoke that have been smudging our skies in this summer of heat waves. We send best wishes to all our friends suffering through the terrible fires in Eastern Washington, Oregon, and California, not to mention the droughts throughout the south and west. Once again, we feel humbly blessed to live here in the mostly green Pacific Northwest, though even here we are on high fire alert now. So let’s take a deep breath of coolness, greenery, and mountain wildflowers.

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The Rambling Writer Rerun: Chain Lakes Hike, 2018 — 5 Comments

  1. Wishing you a robust healing, Sara Stamey. Thank you for generously sharing all your travels, but most especially for this one, which I read when you first published it and which has stayed close in my memory ever since. I’m relishing an imagined deep lungful of that sweet fresh air – not to be had these days in Bay Area CA.

  2. Thanks, everyone! Yes, I’m torturing Thor and me with memories of our favorite hikes we would love to return to…. maybe next year. I wondered if such glimpses would be welcomed by people suffering among the fires, so I’m glad to hear they are enjoyed.