First weekend of October with not a cloud in the sky.
Before leaving home the raucous honking of a skein of geese flying south could plainly be heard.
In a couple of hours I was at the edge of a large sub-alpine meadow south of Mt. Hood.
My first destination was Little Crater Lake, 100 feet wide, 45 feet deep and crystal blue to its very bottom where an artesian spring feeds the lake.
Another one-quarter mile led to an intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail. Turning north, I began a counter-clockwise 12-mile loop hike around picturesque Timothy Lake.
The magnificent view of Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake has been one of the iconic scenes of the Pacific Northwest for many a year.
The scarlet leaves of vine maple trees highlighted the views along the trail bringing smiles to my face. Life continues to be good.