Here is a hike that gives a whole different taste of what the Northwest is all about. Nobody is going to feel like they are on the set of a Twilight movie on this trail! One piece of advice if you decide to come here (maybe I'll even call this hiking lesson #14)...use the bathroom facility when you start, whether you think you need to or not. ("Wizards of Ooze"...what a name for a port-o-potty company, right?) Trust me, there is NO place to sneak off to take a pee--and a lot of people use this trail, so your not going to want to chance squatting behind any of the unsubstantial shrubbery. (even a male would have a hard time being inconspicuous)
|Just some of the runners and dog walkers|
|My barely hanging together headphones|
Now, I have to confess...my music is a little less than wholesome. (sorry--but I like good beat) Well, I get a little carried away sometimes and end up singing out loud. I don't mean to...it just happens. So, without realizing it, I sang out "I'm gonna have you naked by the end of this song"...and then realized a bike rider was right beside me. And like I said--she was going slow. Neck and neck, right there, for way too long kind of slow. Ugh...lesson #15, learn to keep your mouth shut when hiking with headphones.
Speaking of hiking lessons, I broke # 8. (don't hike with your camera in hand) I figured I would have to have a stroke to fall on this trail, and I wanted my camera ready for when I saw a heron. (I just had to see a heron...this is like heron heaven) Guess what? No herons...until I put my camera away, of course. I did manage to get an OK picture before he flew off...but those buggers are tough to get close to!
|Can you see Mr. Heron?|
About half way through my hike (it's approximately 5 miles round trip) I stopped at a bench to eat my snack. (an apple, fruit leather, and an energy bar...quite an upgrade from the rice krispie treat last time) Again, it was a bench dedicated to a loved one. Again, I took a picture...and again, I couldn't find any information on this person.
This bums me out--I love the idea of knowing the story and appreciating the life that these lovely benches are dedicated to. If I ever dedicate anything to anyone, I'm going to make sure to have a webpage about their life as well. And when I die, I would love to have something useful dedicated in my honor...maybe even a port-o-potty. (just don't call it wizards of ooze, please ;)
|If your going to make a sign, shouldn't you at least come up with a name?|