On Monday, I came home with one of those sudden needs to be outside. Since there is no baby yet, we decided to take a small trip. We headed north, past Battle Ground, to a place I went often while I was in high school to swim and cliff jump. It is a park at the place where Big Tree Creek meets the North Fork of the Lewis River. I like it because there are some nice little water falls and the river and forest is beautiful.
Since it is still early spring, the water level is quite high. This is a picture of what is actually a waterfall that is about 10 ft. tall in the summer. There is so much water right now that it is currently a raging rapid.
We then walked over to see the nice bridge that crosses the river. This is the area I used to swim and jump at. I even had friends that liked to jump off the bridge.
Here is the larger of the waterfalls in the park. My friends and I also swam a lot here. We liked to climb the falls and jump off the top. This time there was a big tree lodged in the falls.
I liked the look of the water:
Here is me climbing on the other side of the falls:
Ruth’s mom really enjoyed the fun things we found along the trails. Here are some photos of Ruth and Rosanne examining some moss and lichens.
We also found mushrooms, moss, and lots of early spring flowers like Avalanche lilies and Skunk Weed (amongst others):
We had a very nice time and it only hailed for a minute or two. Most of the time it was dry and the sun even poked its head out. We enjoyed walking through the pleasant atmosphere that the forest provides.