It was too nice a day to stay inside so we decided to hike a different section of the Lochmoor trail system today. There are many variations for the adventurous soul who is willing to risk the fast moving chrome beasts and wildlife wandering the trail. Most were either leashed or had the appropriate muzzle in place.
From our trailhead we descended to the first junction and went left ( in fact for expediency I’ll just state here we went left at all junctions ). After the second junction the trail climbed to the top of a ridge and taking a water break we enjoyed the view east to the Cascades. The next few sections of trail lost some of the elevation we’d gained and was lined with flowers and ornamental plums until the last junction. From there it climbed to the ridge near the original trailhead where we passed through a narrow cleft, and crossing a scree field we arrived at a meadow and pitched our tent. We took a break to play some games we’d packed with us and watched the clouds roll across the sky; picking out images and talking about life. A hawk circled for a while but couldn’t find a meal so moved on.
In the afternoon we wandered through the young forest and past a pond where we saw a flamingo which we don't think is native to Washington so were quire surprised! In another few months they’ll be strawberries and blueberries along this trail but today we had to settle for trail mix and a Clif Bar. Chocolate Lilies are starting to bloom and Lupine isn't far behind. Since we were still below 5000 ft. we gathered wood and built a fire ring. After dinner we warmed ourselves by the fire and made s’mores. Bedding down for the night we were confident it wouldn’t rain but were content in the knowledge that if it did we were close enough to home to pack up the tent and sleep in a warm bed. Favorite stuffies 'Cougar' and 'Big Bear' kept us safe from any stray raccoons that might wander by though I convinced my daughter I was on friendly terms anyway with locals Sammy, Fred,and Joe. We woke to a calliphony of bird song.