Summer temps in the 90's are too hot
for most Native Swamplanders,
But if we get up early enough,
Even when it's not-as-hot, the river is still a nice destination.
Where do you go when it's too hot to be anywhere else?
|Dennis and Sue Summers helped mark trail for ride management in April|
|"WE RIDE WITH DENNIS"|
|Hana had a butt cramp at the finish line of Renegade 2015. |
Guess who was right there with an offer to massage and move it out?
|Let's get Dennis back where he belongs.|
|Of course Santa and my parents are adept at dressing like adults,|
but it sometimes stretches my skill set.
|Will cleans up pretty nicely too!|
|These people seem quite happy about something.|
|My little brother got married!|
|Introducing Mrs. Alison and Mr. Randy Storms|
|Sweet romantic dancing quickly gave way to|
rowdy rambunctious dancing
|My dad toasts the newlyweds. He didn't even cry much.|
(my dad cries at everything. so do I.)
I have known many of the people in this photo my entire life--
and I haven't seen some of them for more than 20 years!
|Randy's daughters Lexi and Cassidy decorated the getaway Beetle, "Dieter".|
|Alison gave the bouquet a mighty toss, and Cassidy caught it!|
|Nothing like a zucchini bombing to start |
a married life out on the right foot.
|Leaving the Bracken parking lot at 9am, we are all alone.|
|The trail down to Pilchuck Creek is shady and cool this early in the day|
|In winter, these trails are deep mud.|
|In summer, the ground is hard and dry, but the tree roots are deep.|
|Later in the day when the air heats up, this section of trail will be very muggy|
because of all the moisture held by the trees.
|The sun has barely cleared the tree tops, so it's still cool and comfortable here.|
|This section of trail is steep and sandy. A good time to slow down and walk.|
|The speckled light is a challenge for my little camera.|
|We trot whenever we're in direct sun. Too hot to dawdle, even at 10am.|
|It's pretty easy to find some shade on these trails, though.|
|As we approach the river, I can smell the water.|
|The air is so damp here that moss grows on ALL sides of the tree trunks,|
not just the north side.
|Even in summer, the ground stays a little bit boggy at this spot.|
|That clear space ahead is the river.|
|Up to her belly in the Stillaguamish River.|
|She played "motorboat" with her lips for a while, and then|
it was time to head back to the trailhead.
|Before we leave, I throw my cooling vest and neck wrap in the water to|
soak up some chill.
|Back up the hill, we are both glad we got a chance to cool down in the Stilly.|
|No shade for almost a mile, so we trot, and I dump water from my|
bottle onto both of us.
|A shortcut through the trees, and we are almost back at the trailhead already.|
|My phone battery died, so the GPS track was lost, but I figure about 12 miles,|
and a little less than 3 hours. Just right for a Sunday morning ride!
|Adelinde Cornelissen on Parzival (NED) Credit: Jon Stroud Media|
|I love that my vet can send me her files via email, and that I can post them to the blog for safekeeping.|
Modern technology rocks!
|View from the Milwaukee Road trail in 2015|
|My favorite view in the world: heading up Chanterelle Hill on my horse|