Where the past lets go
and becomes the future;
the place of caught breath. …
Happy Solstice ♡
Before I really dig in to this post I need to mention a couple things: First, I am a visual learner. I navigate the world through signs, photos and visual clues. I’m better with landmarks than maps, better with right and left, than I am with east or west … Second, I had a lousy night of sleep so I started the day annoyed and impatient.
Breathe, Bonnie, breathe …
The flowers are changing with the elevation. The lilies will be bursting soon. The rain kept them mostly shy, and some were almost translucent with the spring soaking. Rather than an explosion, it is more like a painters color palette as you try to forget about the steep climb. It’s not ” mailbox steep” but steep enough to be respectable.
There are actually two benches on this trail, both prior to the well placed 1 mile marker. If it were me I would have found a spot for one of those benches after that point but no one asked me. In the absence of said bench, the flora provided many an opportunity to snap photos.
Yoda hikes these trails “like a boss”. He leads, actually pulls, me along as if his body doesn’t register a gain in elevation. Oh, but mine does. Our words of the day were “slow down” and “nope” ( when he started sniffing off trail).
He was a bit out of sorts at the lookout. So much so that he actually approached the two women ahead of us that were enjoying the (non) view. If you know Yoda, you know that isn’t really how he operates. They were kind enough to snap a couple photos for me.
Base Camp Grill is open in Ashford so I stopped for a root beer and a cheeseburger. I ordered one for Yoda too. The young man at the grill was awesome and when he brought it over, made sure to tell me he even squeezed out all the grease. Cute. Yoda ate it ss fast as I could give him pieces. (just a plain patty, but he loved every single morsel )
He earned it ♡
A lovely day with my boy. I’ll go back someday for the view but today was of the “necessary and cathartic” variety. The day: a curse then a blessing.
Just how it ought to be.
(This was his drowned rat look 🙂 )
I love seeing that little Yoda on the trail. I’m sorry the weather wasn’t stellar, although there is certainly much to be said of mist. Letting go of expectations. My current guests from Illinois went to Rainier; I think it was socked in there too. I feel lucky to have chosen a northwest hike. The featured photo is gorgeous!
It was beautiful in all the best ways ♡
This was kinda, you gotta get dirty to get clean. The myst looked tantalizing.