Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What a difference a day makes!

What's this? The sun was shining, the skies were blue, the clouds were white and puffy. It was a beautiful day. Jim had plans to go flying with our son, Jeff, who has his pilot's license. I gracefully declined. This meant I had most of the day to myself. Do you know how RARE this is? Although I didn't have any vehicle, I planned to take a nice walk and have my camera in hand.

First stop - this humongous tree right next to our trailer.

This is the base of the tree.

Don't think it looks that big? How about now with ME standing inside of it?

I began walking down the long road that led out of the campground.

You know that old saying that "moss only grows on the north side of the tree"? Well, that's baloney. At least in the damp Northwest area! There was moss growing on all sides of the trees.

In fact, moss grows on anything. Cement.

On a rock. I call this "Art on a Rock."

This tree has an unexpected garden on its trunk.

First I found these white little wildflowers.

Then I found what looks like a geranium.

Next I found these ferns.

And finally moss.

All of that growing on one tree trunk!

Everywhere I looked I saw signs of spring. These were hanging from the trees. Does anybody know what kind of trees produce this type of flower?

I saw this wildflower.

And this one.

and some wild daisies.

There is a golf course right next to the campground. I kept hearing "twack!" as the golfers hit the golf balls, and then they'd yell, "FORE!" I was worried that a wildly hit ball would conk me in the head and kill me, and Jim would find my dead on the road with my camera in my hand, like some road kill. Thankfully the balls just bounced off the nearby trees instead of MY noggin.

I've seen these striped reeds before.

When I zoomed in on the reeds, above, I found Mr. Sluggo here.

I was enjoying my walk. Even the dandelion seemed so pretty, whether it was in full bloom,

or gone to seed,

or a whole field of them.

This fallen tree caught my attention. I was tempted to walk across it!

Look at the markings on it. At first glance, it could be a pond with reeds sticking out and their reflections. Then it could be just the log with interesting markings on it. Kind of like an optical illusion where first you see one thing, then the other.

I made my way over to the river that runs along the campground. There are rocks all over the place - the parking area, along the bank, in the river.

Did I tell you how much I love rocks? I used to collect them when I was little, put them in a brown paper bag, and stuff them under my pillow and SLEEP ON THEM. Go figure. Well, I grew up, and STILL love rocks. I still collect them, but I DON'T sleep on them. I found this heart shaped rock.

I thought it was really neat. But it was heavy. I wasn't finished walking yet, so I decided to hide it in case somebody should come along, spy my perfect heart shaped rock and STEAL it. So I hid it behind a cement block, and picked it up on my way back!

I love the way these two tree trunks curve into each other.

I love the long white fence dividing the campground from the golf course.

This is the third time we've stayed at this campground, and I always thought it was funny how their electrical boxes were up on steps like this. It finally dawned on me that this was in case the river floods. Duh. My momma didn't raise no dummy. Just a slow, bottle-blond one.


Two Normal Moms said...

Wow - great spring pictures! And the ones from Seattle on the previous post. You must be up in my neck of the woods, as I'm not too far south of Seattle.

KaLynn said...

Once again you took me out of my office in the middle of the day! I love your walks! They are soo awesome! Thanks for sharing! You make me smile every time I come to your blog!

Have a great day!

Steven Anthony said...

amamzing.....I felt like I was on the walk right along with you....thanx I needed that;)

Brian Miller said...

very cool walk you took us looking at the moss...and it grows whereever it wants around here...and you found a heart, so cool!

Bossy Betty said...

Loved my tour! So bright and sunny!

penjandrum said...

What a lovely place for a walk. I think I would've sat on the river bank a while with a book! That heart shaped stone is cool, hope you find it again - it would look nice in a garden.

Snowflake said...

Great photos again, Pat!!!! You have captured the beauty of your walk and taken us along with you!!!! (even if we are sitting in our recliners at home)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great walk! Can you share the name of the RV Park? We don't have kids in the Seattle area any more, but my sister lives near there. This looks better than the parks where we've stayed.

misslynda said...

That large tree is really huge. I am so happy you posed at its base so we could see the scale of it.

*LLUVIA* said...

I'm loving all these photos! I love Spring!!!

I loved that big ass tree!!!

Carletta said...

Wonderful photo essay of your walk!
I love that tree - awesome to have survived so long.
I like the heart rock too. Valentine baby that I am I notice the nature hearts. :)

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I will walk with you any day! Well, as long as there are no poison vines involved!! What did you do with the heart shaped rock?

otin said...

What an awesome looking location! I am envious.

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous pictures! That tree is huge!

Jientje said...

I enjoyed this walk with you. That tree is spectucular, I love the ferns and the wildflowers growing on it.

WhisperingWriter said...

Love these pictures. That place looks so nice!

Betty said...

Great walks!
I love shots as always!
B xx

Laura said...

Again, such beautiful photos. And I'm sure if a rogue golf ball killed you on the side of the road, someone would have grabbed your camera before your hubby found you.