God’s Sculpture Garden (Jan 24)

On a sunny day, we set out to hike the Lookout Mountain Trail. It’s near our house, and we’ve visited several times, but never completed it. We looked forward to making it all the way to the top this time.

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It’s not exactly a mountain, but it’s still a lot of uphill!

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As always, the forest was lovely…

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And there were plenty of mossy trees to take breaks on along the way…

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The giant deciduous trees, draped in mosses, are wonderful in the wintertime, and I enjoy just standing at the bottom and staring up to the sky through their bare, pillowy branches.

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See? Moss!

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Isn’t it wonderful?

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And today, it was also an art gallery! Look at those colors!

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Look at that composition!

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And look at all of these incredible sculptures! Such creative use of color and texture, like a Chihuly blown-glass exhibit!

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Wow, what a master Creator! 🙂

The view from the top was a little obscured…A sliver of Lake Whatcom was visible below, and in the distance, Mt. Baker was sporadically revealed amidst fast-moving white clouds.

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But still, it was a nice spot to drink some hot soup!

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After a good lunch and a good rest, we were ready for Genevieve’s favorite part of the hike – “Yay! Downhill!”

We discovered these great snack-bags that some nice person had left beside the trail…Just kidding! People do leave their bags of dog-droppings next to the trail for some reason, but these are not droppings, they are delightful little chocolate-covered toffee almonds, which help big-hiking-kiddos forget that they are even a little bit tired!

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Spencer, remembering all of his observations of squirrels and chipmunks, stored some away for later 🙂

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And so  the return trip was filled with energetic kids bounding through the tall and mossy forest!

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🙂 Goodbye, Lookout Mountain Trail!

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