Sunday, August 30, 2009

Trip report

Blueberries and huckleberries so ripe and sweet in the mountain sun that i could smell them as i hiked through the bushes. I had a blue tongue for most of the day.

Blue Grouse clicking and cooing in the bushes, allowing us the occasional thrill by crossing the path in front of us.

Sweat and rubber legs as our lungs struggled to cope with less oxygen.

Mount Baker from the Lake Ann trail. You feel as if you could almost reach out and touch it. Don't use your tongue though, it might stick.

Swirling patterns in the volcanic rock, enhanced by erosion and lichen.

Mountains have glaciers. The blue of the deepest ice crevasses looks painted on. We could hear pieces of the glacier breaking off and thundering down the mountain. We were glad to be observing this well away from the fall zone.

The terminus of the hike, and our lunching spot. Lake Ann with Mt. Shuksan in the back, looking all mountainy and volcanic.

Right after lunch, i decided to take the opportunity to pee in the bushes whilst no one else (except The Mister) was about.

So i head off the trail a little ways, drop
trou and commence liquid evacuation. All goes well, as in i don't pee on my pant leg or into my boot (yes, i have done these things, it ain't easy being a girl sometimes,) but when i stand and pull my pants back up, i inadvertently trap a black fly inside.

I don't know who was more surprised, me, at having a small buzzing insect near my tender parts, or him, being confronted with a huge wall o' ass.

He's dead now, because in this case, might makes right.


SUEB0B said...

Ooh, so pretty. I'm jealous of you having water to hike to. I mean, we have the OCEAN, but other than that it is so dry here...

flutter said...

holy crap. that is some serious beautiful.

Falling into Fall said...

Picturesque dining.

I'm looking forward to the change in season to start hiking again. Hiking in high humidity (current state of local weather) isn't very desirable.

Cheesy said...

OMG black flies can be vicious biters,, I am glad you survived! New trail to me?? Where were you guys? Glaciers get me HOT!

Scott from Oregon said...

Was it a blow fly?

meno said...

suebob, the ocean is pretty cool too, but it's nice to have literally thousands of lakes to hike to.

flutter, yeah. I live in a really spectacular place. i am lucky.

falling, fall leaves should make for nice hike backdrop.

cheesy, they do like to bite. We were almost to the end of the Mt. Baker Hwy.

scott, heh! You wish!

Anonymous said...

Nice. Except about the fly.

Not the sort of buzzing I'd like to have in my pants at all.

Anonymous said...

You had me at blueberries. And then along came a fly. *snort*

Beautiful, start to finish.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Just beautiful. Being in scenery like that keeps us real and centered as it puts everything else in perspective.

Unless, of course, you're a black fly in which case your perspective could be challenging.

The Real Mother Hen said...

Hahahaha :) this is so funny.
May the little bugger rest in peace.

luckyzmom said...

Jack Bauer has nothing on you. Murderer!D

Enjoyed every beautiful picture. I am going to look again. I am jealous. Thanks for sharing.

Taradharma said...

ah, these pictures can almost transport me to the very beautiful.

can you imagine what that fly was thinking? if they can was a mercy to kill the lil' bugger.