141 – Lummi Island – Baker Preserve

Another ferry ride, another hike! This time on the Whatcom Chief to Lummi Island to hike through the Baker Preserve to the top of Lummi Island.

Baker Preserve . . . trailhead to Lummi Mountain
Baker Preserve . . . trailhead to Lummi Mountain

With ferns so tall, we called this a fern forest!

In the fern forest
Kent Doughty in the fern forest

The trail works its way up to the one of the highest points on Lummi Island, and once on top, there is a great view of the San Juan Islands.

Happy hiker . . . on Lummi Mountain
Happy hiker, Kenton Doughty, on Lummi Mountain

Looking out at the San Juan Islands from the view point at the Baker Preserve.

The view from top of Lummi Mountain
The view from top of Lummi Mountain

This photo, aptly named Old Ones Times Three, seemed the perfect example to me of the many sights along the trail as it worked its way through the forest preserve.

Old ones . . . times three
Old ones . . . times three

Having lived on Lummi Island some years ago, before heading to the trailhead to enjoy this hike, we met with a local realtor to list a piece of property. Because ferry rates continue to climb and island life is for but a small community, property sales are slow. We occasionaly (not often) toy with an idea that if the lot has not sold by the time we both are retired, maybe we will consider moving back to the island, building a little home and living there until the kids fear we are too old to drive on and off the ferry on our own. Who knows? What ever! Located above the Willows Inn (go here – http://www.willows-inn.com/ – for information about the Willows Inn), it is a beautiful piece of property in a beautiful location on a very special little island. Just look at these photos!  For more information on Lummi Island, go here – http://www.lummi-island.com/, and for information about the ferry to Lummi Island, go here – http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/publicworks/ferry/. If you, or someone you know, is interested in picking up your very own little piece of paradise (with beach access!), let me know.

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Many thanks to the Lummi Island Heritage Trust for their efforts in land conservation on Lummi Island! For more information on the Lummi Island Heritage Trust, go here – http://www.liht.org/index.html, and for information on the Baker Preserve, go here – http://www.liht.org/baker-preserve.html

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