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The Rambling Writer Hikes and Swims Bagley Lakes

Thor, Bear dog, and I simply HAD to return to the mountains this summer, despite some mobility issues. Another Geezer Adventure.

According to Thor, Bear dog is about the same age in dog years as our own early 70s. We are all getting gimpy — much sooner than I expected — but we still feel the call of the wild. I finally said, “We ARE going up to Mt. Baker this week, and we’ll just go as far as we can.” We chose the Bagley Lakes trail on the skirts of Mt. Baker (the native Koma Kulshan), a pretty low-key hike. Even two years ago, we would have scoffed at the thought of this “light appetizer” hike presenting a challenge, but we have learned that we need to go with the flow of our bodies. We made it around the loop! And we were “Being. Here. Now” in the glorious mountain air with the lush greenery feeding our souls.

First, the steep mountain road winding above the ski lodge on the skirts of Mt. Shuksan.

The start of the trail still offers a glimpse of Mt. Shuksan.

Across the first lake, we see Table Mountain.

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