Again. It was pretty. Most of the time. The first day was awful: cold, rainy, windy, and just flat out nasty. But the next day was better and the 3rd day (the day we had to leave) was stellar! I found a park and did some hiking. I did realize at some point that hiking a 3 mile trail alone, when I haven’t told anyone where I’m going, and it’s in the middle of NOWHERE with only 3 cars in the parking lot is probably not my most brilliant idea ever. But all’s well that ends well. :)
The view from the vista at the park was incredible. Gorgeous. I would be totally content to stay for hours enjoying God’s creation.
The trail going back down went through the woods. It was a LOT steeper (glad I didn’t go that direction to the top!) and very pretty…
…and had something that made me stop and catch my breath. Ever heard of the ‘giant palouse earthworm’? I had, but I never expected to see anything like it.
I have no idea what one really looks like, but this is the biggest earthworm I have ever seen. (Note the grand fir cones in the picture—they’re about 3” long) Literally…the thing was HUGE. It wasn’t a snake (trust me—I got a stick and checked!) I stood there in a near panic, trying to decide what to do. I did have enough smarts to take a picture, but then you all would have laughed to see me trying to gather the courage to step past it. It’s just an EARTHWORM!! The kind of thing I used to dig and collect as a child. Sheesh. What a girl! The thing that pushed me into going on? Knowing that I would have to trek back UP the path through the forest! Stepping over the worm was easier. (But I think it was probably 100 yards or more before my heart quit pounding.)
Okay…you all can quit laughing now. :) On to more serious news:
Remember these buildings?
And my desire to do a 4 season spread?? I already have 3 seasons (spring/summer/fall). I drove past them last weekend. Guess what??? There won’t be a winter picture!! The buildings are still there, but they’ve been covered with corrugated aluminum siding. :\ It just wouldn’t fit right, and I am sad.
A few of us are headed north this weekend for some ‘first of the season’ camping! Look for more pictures (and funny stories, I suspect, since the short entertainment is going along) sometime next week.