On July 10, the day that had been designated for our weekly hike, there was still a lot of snow in the higher mountains, and it was a cool and cloudy day, so a hike in the foothills seemed appropriate. Mr. D and I decided to go back to Squak Mountain, but this time, we wanted to hike on the north side of the mountain. We checked the map at the trailhead to determine our route, and then headed up the Bullitt Fireplace Trail.
The trail climbed fairly steeply, but unlike last time, we didn't have to share the trail with any horses. Along the way, there were lots of bushes loaded with salmonberries at their peak of ripeness, and we ate our share.
After we had been walking for a few minutes we encountered a windfall across the trail.
A few minutes later there was another:
A bit further, the trail was blocked by two more windfalls.
We just looked at all of these impediments as an opportunity for a little agility training...
Shortly after the last downed tree, we began to climb toward the top of the mountain, and the trees were taller and the clouds and fog were closer. It was spooky, but beautiful at the same time. I guess that you don't always have to have bright blue skies and stunning vistas to enjoy the wonders of nature.