Thursday, July 22, 2010

Campfires and Hiking

Tucked in the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, the Excelsior Campground near Nooksack Falls became my home away from home for the weekend.It was our annual Common Ground camping trip with 25 friends from Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties and more than 35 joining in for hiking and steak dinner on Saturday. What a fun group we had! We went to Nooksack Falls for some sightseeing.
Then we hiked the Bagley Lake Trail around Bagley Lake near the base of Mt. Baker.
Even though it was the middle of July, we soon discovered that a good portion of our trail was covered with snow.
It was sunny and warm so we didn't let a little snow stop us, and later we all had a great time playing in that snow.
The evenings found us all gathered around the fire pit for campfire-karaoke, wild dancing around the fire, roasting marshmallows to make S'mores and great conversations. One night, trying our best to keep our feet dry, some of us even ventured down to the shore of the Nooksack River to observe constellations and the Milky Way Galaxy in the very dark summer sky. Here are more pics from this year's camping trip.

So much fun was had by all that we're already looking forward to next year's trip.

1 comment:

  1. This will be a memory you'll fondly look back on this winter! :) It's also camping trips and areas like these which reminds me of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world!


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