About a year-and-a-half ago, Mr. D and I walked on the Centennial Trail from the Pilchuck Trailhead to Machias Station and back, a distance of about 6.4 miles. It was a pleasant, sunny day, and we have talked about that walk quite a bit since then, and have wanted to go back. On February 3, a day that was also very sunny, but cold, we did just that. This time, we started at Machias Staion and walked to Lake Stevens and back, 6.5 miles.
Did I mention cold? It was very cold—in the low 30s Fahrenheit—when we started. It was so cold that the puddles on the side of the trail looked like this:
As we followed the course of the meandering Pilchuck River, we enjoyed the sights and sounds along the way. (I wish I could share the sounds of the roosters crowing that we heard more than once.) Even though I don't have the sounds, I can share some of what we saw on the trail.
There were intriguing shadows:
A falling-down house that must have been beautiful in its better days:
Lichen beauty in the woods along the trail:
And finally, a glimpse of the mountains.