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Baby Todd, you are one lucky boy! You were born to a family of hikers, mountain bikers, skiers…mountain lovers! Adventure awaits! Naturally, your first trip to the mountains would come early…
FIRST TRIP – 9/27/14
Artist Point & Bagley Lakes
Mt Baker, WA
On September 27th, when Todd was 5 weeks old, we felt ready to take on a long car trip. We were itching to get out into the mountains, so we drove to the end of the Mt Baker Highway (SR 542), to Artist Point, elevation 5210 ft.
(By the way, this is where you access the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail. Check out these spectacular pictures of Mt Baker and Mt Shukshan, from the route.)
Todd does great on car rides of any length. He falls fast asleep! I’m not positive, but I think this trip took about 2.5 hours each way.
Once we arrived at the popular destination, we pulled out some chairs and fed the boy. Mt Shuksan was in the clouds.
We walked along the stroller-friendly nature path, to views of a partially clouded Mt Baker. I don’t think Todd opened his eyes to look.
Some nice people offered to take our picture, with Ptarmigan Ridge in the background. I’ve hiked that trail before, and we also once did a backcountry ski trip along that route.
We took our first family selfie. No one smiled…
After we topped off Todd’s tank with some more food, we drove a short stretch down the road to the Bagley Lakes Trailhead. Another stroller-friendly path greeted us.
We tried to show him the columnar basalt, but all he would do is sleep…
Pictures of Bagley Lakes…
Clearly, Todd’s first trip to the mountains was memorable for him! He slept the whole way home, too.
By the time we left, the clouds over Mt Shuksan had lifted…
“Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne