Mulling over my options for this weekend’s hike. As luck would have it, there is even one sunny day in the forecast! But a few commitments in town this weekend mean I’ll have to choose a hike close to home. That still leaves quite a few options to choose from... Decisions, decisions... 🤔⛰
The last of this season’s Truffula Trees... seriously, can someone remind me what these are called so I can call them by their actual name?! Because all I can think when I see them is “Truffula Tree” and I am an adult so this is very embarrassing. TIA.
Counting down the hours until tomorrow’s hike in the North Cascades! Won’t be seeing any more of these beauties this year but hoping to catch one more glimpse of autumn colours at Yellow Aster Butte. And definitely looking forward to meeting a few Insta friends on the trail! ⛰
With all the time I spend in the mountains, you might think I’m a bit of an introvert. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! One of the things I enjoy most about being out on trails is how friendly most people are. I’ve often wondered why that is, the best answers I can come up with is that people are in a good mood and they also realize how vulnerable we all are out there. Those two things combine to create a sense of camaraderie, that we’re all in this together. At least, that’s what I think. Whatever the reason, I love saying hello to people on the trails, chatting with them and getting to know them a bit.
Do you chat with strangers on the trail? Have you found them to be generally friendly? Why do you think that is?
I just cannot get over these views. Larches, peaks on peaks on peaks, the bluest skies, and snow! About a mile into the Maple Pass Loop Trail, it looks like this (and better!) for the next few miles until the summit. Absolutely stunning ✨
📍Maple Pass Loop Trail
Larch March continues! Golden yellow larches spotted on the Maple Pass Loop Trail on Sunday. Spent most of this hike just squealing with excitement. The perfect sunny morning. Waking up at 4am was totally worth it (it was a 3 hour drive one way!) 🚙
P.s. I have been hiking 2-3x a week so there’s a lot more hiking pictures lately than usual. Just trying to squeeze all the outdoor activity I can while it’s still sunny & warm 😍☀️🌲
📍Maple Pass Loop Trail