oh look, a marmot

A good friend of mine and I went backpacking in the North Cascades a couple of weeks ago (been busy, this post is a bit late), setting up camp on the slopes of Mt Baker -- unfortunately the weather prevented us from seeing it clearly except from a distance on the hike up to camp.

The plan was to hike to Park Butte and enjoy the views but with overcast skies and limited visibility we ended up seeing fewer mountains ...

stacked stone
stacked stone
mountains and trail
mountains and trail
mt baker glacier
mt baker glacier

... but a ridiculous number of marmots (and I still remember when not so long ago seeing a marmot was a very unique treat)!

oh look, a marmot
oh look, a marmot

Fortunately we did enjoy a mountain sunset but if you look closely you can see the coming rain.

sunset
sunset

After enjoying our time watching marmots playing, running, staring, nursing, fighting, whistling and otherwise being everywhere we decided to head to a lower elevation in the hopes of avoiding some of the fog and clouds.

Better idea than execution -- when we arrived at Blue Lake the fog was noticeable ...

blue lake
blue lake

... and within a couple of minutes even more so.

fog rolling in
fog rolling in

Of course any adventure to the great outdoors isn't complete without some mushroom photos -- among all the fog and green these yellow cup mushrooms really stood out.

yellow mushrooms
yellow mushrooms

Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, it was overall a great weekend with a great friend. The next time we go to Park Butte I hope not only is the weather better but that we're fortunate enough to echo our now familiar refrain "oh look, a marmot!"

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