Birthdays are rarely a treat for me. Growing up in New England, it was always cold, caked with snow, and generally forgotten (I’m looking at you, 21st birthday). But here in the PNW, I was lucky enough to get a sunny and 52* day, and a visit from my dear friend Jade.
Jade lives in San Antonio, and she visited specifically for this event, so we had to show her a good time. And so, Sandwich, Louboutini, and I took Jade hiking at Fragrance Lake. We parked at the parking lot to Larrabee State Park, and the trail head was conveniently right across the street. Chuckanut Drive is really fun when there’s no one on it, and I was having a super time.
It’s rated as Moderate on Alltrails, so we figured it would be just challenging enough so that we could burn off all the birthday dinner calories we’d later consume. Let me tell you. My butt felt GREAT after this one. The above photo was taken before my quads were on fire – stairmaster, eat your heart out.
I think the 50s are my favorite hiking temps, especially when working on elevation gains. This one isn’t too bad, only 1100′, but it can hit you with some steep inclines. I tell you, I have never been so excited to wear a t-shirt in March.
The lake itself seemed so drab to me – colors will come out in a few months – but Jade loved it. I suppose there’s something peaceful about the reflection on the water, but I can’t wait for all the green!
The best part of the hike, however, was a little lookout over Bellingham Bay. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this view. And the best part is that all it takes is a little leg work (literally)!