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Monday, September 29, 2014

Kayaking the River

We are having Indian summer weather,
one last hurrah of sunshine & warm temps before Fall takes over.

My oldest grandchild, Liddy reminded me that we haven't been kayaking all year.
So we decided it was a perfect day for floating down the river.

Grandpa was our transport helper, dropping us off & picking us up.
Thanks Grandpa!

It was her first float on the river.
Previously she had kayaked the much smaller creek along our property,
but she did fine and led the way.

Before long, she was paddling under overhanging trees and shooting the rapids,
her favorite part.


Our adventure included exploring a few islands in the river too!

 She didn't know we were making memories,
we were just having fun!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Back at the Ranch

We are back home, settling in & getting ready for winter.

Of course, I had to get back in the saddle.
And picking up a few hitchhikers is always fun.

 And the weather is perfect for trailriding with friends.

 And we finally have hay! 
Yea! this is the latest we've ever gotten hay.
Whew!




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mount Rainier National Park


Our last park was Mount Rainier and we glimpsed the mountain as we drove south.

 We stayed at the Paradise Inn in the shadow of the mountain.


 The views were phenomenal.

 And the hiking was great.

 We were lucky enough to see some wildlife such as this fawn.

And this well camouflaged ptarmigan.


 This is Narada Falls, near Paradise.

We took a hike with a ranger and saw the Nisqually glacier, one of 25 glaciers on the mountain.
The dark hole in the valley is the floor of the glacier where snowmelt is flowing down the mountain down the mountain.

Mt. Rainier was spectacular!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rainforests

Olympic National Park is known for its temperate rainforests
which gets about 150 inches of rain annually.

 A temperate rainforest is dominated by conifer trees unlike a tropical rainforest.

 Ferns dominate the forest floor.

And moss covers everything.

 Manmade objects slowly get covered by the vegatation.


 And the trees tower over everything.

In the rainforest, everything is green.