Saturday, July 30, 2016
Maybe this spring is showing signs of a mild winter, but most flowers seem to be heavy with blossoms. It has also been a good spring for spotting less common salamanders and many, many ducks.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
It was a perfect day to return to the Hatch Run series. This afternoon we were headed to the Gardner's Rocks area in Collins Pine. Collins Pine is a timber management company which kindly shares it's properties with those who want to walk their lands. The day was filled with blue skies.
Monday, July 25, 2016
It was red-eye night for me on a return east. If the last day of my Spokane trips go well, I have a short window to visit a park and search for a few caches. I had been to Manito once before on a day of cold and extreme ice. I was there briefly and let with no finds. This evening, I had much better weather and time for a walk around the park. The 100 year-old park includes formal gardens. I was here too early for the gardens but was able to enjoy some blossoms in the greenhouse, from the trees, and the early plantings.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
This was my second visit to this area. The year prior I had visited in early summer to walk in hot, dry woods which were a huge fire danger. I never got near the rocks at the top and stopped my walk early to get out of the dried woods. This evening the area was almost lush and perfect for a return visit and a long hike to the rocks.
Besides a nice small lake, Newman Lake has good hiking trails and geocaches. It was wild turkey evening around the lake. These were a few of those spotted on the way to the trailhead.