In thinking ahead to fall hikes, I was reminded of this outing from last fall. Reading it again with almost a year’s distance, I’m more conscious than ever of the fragile beauty that surrounds moments like these. Sending warm thoughts of hikes under October sunshine to all who appreciate such things.
From November 2014:
In recent years, our October tradition has been a trip up to Cougar Divide. The road to the top is not good and the trail itself is unmaintained, but persistence yields magical landscapes and a visual feast, from Baker’s glaciated slopes to Table Mountain, the High Divide, and the Canadian peaks. When bathed in late-fall sunlight, the spot is incomparably beautiful.
After a summer hiking season truncated by canine health concerns and professional obligations, it was a pleasure to spend an afternoon among friends in the high country, soaking in the sun on one of the last sunny days we’ll see for a good long while.
Although our habit has always been to forge ahead and cover as much ground as possible in a single outing, this fall’s hikes have been all about the company. More journey and less destination, as the saying goes.