I have a lot of compassion towards the rest of the country and people who suffer the severe cold this winter.
Even though the winter officially is not over yet I can say we didn't have much snow this year, and due to the weather we opened our hiking season early in 2014. My Sweatheart and I love hiking, especially exploring new paths and testing our own possibilities.
It was 01.18.14 when we decided to go back and finish the trail we started last April and didn't finish it, because we saw a couple of big bullhead snakes on the way and I made my hubby turn around. It was a fast and nice warm up for us.
We saw beautiful mallard ducks habitating (is it even a word? :))) the Little Spokane River along the trail. After observing them for a while we found they have a nest in this little "cave"
We saw some deer on an island, unfortunately they went their way while I tried to get my camera out of the case, :(((
There is a part of the trail that is closed, but my dear dear, who is always full of adventure, decided to check it out anyway.
It was so interesting that there was no snow around and only the path itself was covered with ice...
Even this big fallen tree didn't stop my explorer (the picture doesn't show how big the tree is, but we actually had to clime on it in order to get on the other side).
We figured out that this part of the path being located very very close to water and being bushy is a dangerous place to be, because of the snakes during the summer.
We successfully reached the end of the path
It has been gloomy like this since last November, but we can't complain, true?
As you remember, we moved to a new house last April, and since that time I've heard a lot about so-called Indian Painted Rock. Even our neighbour (who actually doesn't hike) told us we need to see it. He said that the painting is hardly seen now and the rock is gated to limit the access to it. In my imagination I pictured the Indian Painted Rock as a good size of mural some where on the to of the hill that you have to conquer. I was a little bit disappointed when I saw it at the end of the path. We actually passed by it so many times while driving and I never paid attention and never gave a though that this place could be a historically preserved Indian Painted Rock.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you too much about it, because we couldn't find any information on the Information table. Sad...
to be continued...
Have a great weekend and a lot of hiking! Stay safe, calm and healthy!