The thing I love most about working in the northwest is the remarkable amount of public lands on which to play. I had to go to Missouli, so chose to go bird watching in the morning, run some errands, then hike, before getting my groceries.
I found my way to the Rattlesnake Recreation Area and then noticed I had a plethora of choices. And by the looks of the full parking lot, a lot of people planned to be hiking or riding bikes in the area, even though the day had turned cloudy. AND there is a separate parking lot for horse trailers. Each trail is labeled as to who can use it. All can be hiked, but on some ridden on horseback or bicycle.
|Part of the large parking lot|
|I think this is large false Soloman's seal|
|The trail was wide, flat and well maintained along the creek.|
|One of the noxious weeds - leafy spurge|
|A real bathroom way out in the woods|
|A tiny creek made for a much nicer hiking music but was mostly invisible|
|One of the bees I found|
|Tall lupines grew in big groups|
|The first red Indian paint brush I have see around here.|
|Will this trail ever end?|
|Only a few miles left to go to get back into the valley in the back left of this picture|
I was tired and ready to go home but still had to go grocery shopping. But I did have fun except for maybe the last mile. Hopefully I can get back in shape be able to walk fifteen miles at a time. Some of the prettiest places take a lot of work to get to them.