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September 2nd 2014
Published: September 3rd 2014
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From the Chain Lakes Trail near Mount Baker
Along with the adventure of having many house guests during our beautiful summer, we traveled quite a bit around our region, but by the slower means of pedaling, paddling and walking...

Here's the best of our trips:

A long kayak paddle up the Skagit River estuaries with my youngest brother and his son

We spent the day paddling from our house, across the Swinomish Channel and through the "Fish Gate" and into the estuary marshes.

A bike tour of Lopez Island

My brother, nephew, and I pedaled 15 miles from our house to the ferry, rode the ferry 45 minutes to Lopez Island, and then toured the island, making a 30 mile loop through farmlands and along rocky coasts...and then took the ferry back and rode home!

A three day backpacking trip on Mount Baker with the same brother and both of his kids

We drove on highways and then forest roads to the Railroad Grade trail head, where we parked. The hike is about two hours, through meadows, wildflowers, thick forests, across a river, and then along the edge of the deep trench dug by the Easton glacier. We camped in the last of the trees before the snowline. This is my favorite place to camp....I've been here many times over the years....We had clouds, fog and some rain until the last day....but also saw many marmots!

A two day backpacking trip with our grandson

A week later, we took our grandson on a trip on the other side of Mount Baker. Another two hour hike to alpine lakes and huckleberries....

My own personal adventure was learning to paddle board at 63!


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On Hope Island near our houseOn Hope Island near our house
On Hope Island near our house

We arrived by a combo of kayaking and paddle boarding...
On LopezOn Lopez
On Lopez

The currents here at Shark Reef were really powerful...saw a seal with a salmon....!
Ridgeline hiking in the clouds...Ridgeline hiking in the clouds...
Ridgeline hiking in the clouds...

Several hundred foot drop to the left!


3rd September 2014
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Washington
One of our favorite places.
3rd September 2014

Excellent pictures and narrative
What a great summer you had exploring the islands and mountains.
4th September 2014

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Hi, Lynn. I enjoyed your blog, makes me yearn for the Pacific Northwest. Carol McClain told me she thinks you are going to Chiapis this winter. If so, when will you be there? I'm going to be there in mid-February. Also, I don't seem to have an email address for you. Sally

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