The Rambling Writer: Mountain Carpe Diem

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we escape the “2020 blues” to 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 year of stresses, Thor and I (and, of course, Bear dog) keep finding ways to connect with Nature and save our sanity. More or less.

Early this week, after torrential rainfalls and crazy wind, and before more wildfire smoke drifted back from California to shroud our mountains again, we escaped for a day. “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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The Rambling Writer: Mountain Carpe Diem — 4 Comments

  1. OMG that was such a clear day and beautiful day. Those blues! Those reds! Those otters! Our bare butts and that screaming cold water!

  2. Oh, that clear, clean, sparkling air! We’ve still got two-three months of heat and muck air to drag through before we can hope to see rain, sigh . . . I have to get my greens and blues vicariously.

    Love the scenery. The feet (and the happy dog) cracked me up!

    • Oh, Sherwood! My sympathies with your slog through the heat and bad air. Glad you are enjoying our outings. Bear dog sends you a “Woof!”