The Rambling Writer Rerun: Goat Mountain 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 another favorite hike in the Mount Baker Wilderness 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 and fall. We’ve been lucky here in the Pacific Northwest, but now more wildfires are coming near, with smoke from local and distant fires creating hazardous air quality.

Join us as we revisit one of our favorite early-summer hikes to the Goat Mountain overlook and a celebration of wildflowers.

Tiger lilies seem especially abundant this year:

My Grandma Sara’s favorite lavender bleeding-hearts form a nest for these taller, lush alpine-meadow plants. I always enjoy seeing them on the way to the overlook, but don’t know their name. Can anyone name them?

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The Rambling Writer Rerun: Goat Mountain Hike, 2018 — 6 Comments

    • Thanks again, Sherwood, for joining us. I suppose you can tell that I’m missing our mountain outings, and grieving for so many beautiful forests burning in this year of wildfires. Not to mention all the people being evacuated and losing homes. Fervently hoping for political changes to address climate change!