Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hiking Season 2014 is Opened. Part 1.


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!

Natalia

6 comments:

Jane Smith said...

I am feeling a little cabin feverish myself, its still very cold here about 17deg. I can't wait for a break the first 40 we get I am putting on shorts and a tank top and running on the reservoir ;P

Have a extra hike for us frozen folks will ya?

Ilona said...

I am glad you enjoyed your opening of the hiking season, Natalia!
What a pity that the deer were gone before you got your camera out of its bag.
Hugs, Ilona

Simona said...

It must have been a nice walk with your habby!! I hope you can do more walks seen that you like it and maybe have the time to snap a pic or two of cute animals!

BiWuBär said...

Wow, what a nice walk you've had, your explorer and you. The landscape is beautiful even in winter... Around here we're finally in the claws of winter, it's bitter cold... but I'm thankful that we didn't have a lot of snow so far...

Hugs
Birgit

Veronique Blommaart said...

Hi Natalia, you live in a beautiful spot!! Not sure about snakes but the rest looks so beautiful! Hills, woodland.... ah I remember them well (she said from a part of the world as flat as a pancake and well below sea level).
No snow here, only rain, cats and dogs really.
The indian rock painting is intriguing, a shame there was no information.
X
Véronique
P.S.: LOL @ Jane Smith :-)

Wyrna Christensen said...

It is quite wonderful and beautiful scenery you live in. I remember your trip last year when you have just met a snake good idea to take a trip now, the snakes hiding well this time of year.
Hugs
Wyrna

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