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New snow on a busy trail made for some treacherous walking. We should have had micro spikes for our shoes. We managed to get up and down without injury but were concerned for other hikers less prepared than we were. The redheads joined us for this one. They are less than impressed with Sky’s ability to ‘sit pretty’ but Sky doesn’t care.

It looks like fall in the mountains is coming to an end. It has continued to snow up there this week. I imagine the larch needles are falling to the ground.

Sky and I continue to enjoy the fall weather and fall colors too. Larch madness has lured us up and down many a trail in the last week and a half.

This trail began in the deep dark forest. There were stream crossings and an occasional glimpse of mountains across the way. Finally, we popped out into the sunlight and views of the subalpine larch trees in all their golden glory. Soon we were walking through the yellow trees, along with many other people. Everyone was going ooooh and ahhhh. It was breathtaking. And the mountain views, including Glacier Peak, were outstanding too.

It was a good day to be out.

If you spend much time hiking or camping in the Cascades, sooner or later, you will be surrounded by Camp Robbers and I hope they are the avian kind. Canada Jays (formerly known as Gray Jays) are pretty birds that enjoy people. They know that people come with food and the jays seem to know if they are sweet and cute, eventually, someone will give them a handout. Sky and I saw this group on one of our hikes last week.

The next day was also overcast so we headed for a trail along a river. It is a relatively flat trail and easy for the old dog to navigate plus there was water for all of us to cool off. And there were cedar trees, enormous cedar trees. And big leaf maples too. It clearly rains there, a lot! The long foot bridge is a giant cedar snag that conveniently fell across a creek where a trail crew turned it into a substantial bridge. And the girls may have inadvertently walked into a National Park but I quickly called them back to pose at the boundary. I thought there would be a sign saying ‘welcome to the park, no dogs allowed’ but it was just a simple marker.

Yesterday was a glorious fall day. If you were not outside, I am sorry about that.

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