Sunshine and still summer according to the calendar, but it felt like fall on this recent hike along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie. Over the river and through the woods and under the watchful eye of the Cascades we went; a familiar river but our first time together on Trail #1003. The trail is open to mountain bikes (we saw none) and horses (we saw evidence) but we encountered only a few hikers like ourselves on foot.
We passed a corner of the plush forest floor
then crossed the river over the footbridge.
Bob took the lead through the tunnel of dense forest canopy
and I followed slowly, distracted as always by my camera. Here I got a peek of the peaks through the trees,
and here a Fomitopsis Pinicola, a common type of fungus where children may carve their names onto its soft white surface (don’t ask me how I know this.)
We walked an hour or so through the forest, stopping to rest by the river and eat our snack (candy bars and water, everything tastes better in the woods), before heading back.
We got a late start today so will have to return another time to make it to the hot springs, the promised reward at the end of the trail.