I adore this hike. It’s one that grows in beauty and exploration with the ages of my girlies, and also with the season. We came here and did some sledding this past winter (check it out here!) and a couple years back I shared my kiddo hiking tips from this trail as well (fun to compare the weather, seasons, and flowers in bloom! Check it out here).
This past weekend after spending days camping we hopped in the car, leaving laundry mountain behind, and went to the mountains. We knew we’d end up here at the Bagley Lakes, one day soon we will do the longer loop (possibly in a few short weeks!) out to Chain Lakes, but for now, this gorgeous space peppered with wild blueberries (should be good to pick in a few weeks!) is a go-to for our family to reconnect.
This past week has been a really big one. Ever is growing up in enormous bursts and leaps, she learned to ride a two-wheeler and weaned all in one breath it seems. Kindergarten is right around the corner and I’ve never known a kid more ready. This time to process, disconnect from the internet, and snuggle in tight was balm for all of our achey hearts.
A brief note on weaning, even at age 5. It’s emotionally rich. The dip in oxytocin is felt by both of us, and the hormonal swing is far reaching. We’re both processing, and it feels ridiculous how big this passage feels, even years after the average age in america to wean has passed. I’m not quite ready to talk much more about it on here, and it could be that Ever won’t allow it, but for now. I’ll just say, it’s been beautiful, heavy, love-full, and big. And this hike will forever carry this passage as a part of it.
One of the best parts of this hike is that there is a year-around snowfield, it’s a blast for everyone, and a fun little trek to get to. We love coming here, seeing how our kiddos legs are growing stronger, and our hike is stretching out in length with each trip.
This particular adventure was extra strange because of the intense smoke we’ve been experiencing here in the PNW. The lake and trail were nearly empty when we arrived (11am) and we had the lake all to ourselves for a good hour. On our way back we met a few people along the trail, but it was very empty. The smog made it a shorter trip for us (protecting our lungs a bit) but none of us are extra sensitive to it, so it felt like a blessing to be able to get outside and experience some end of summer beauty all on our own. It felt a bit ethereal and will be a hike I hold tight to for a long time.