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Up the Airy Mountain, Down the Rushing Glen | by Runs with Poodles
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Up the Airy Mountain, Down the Rushing Glen

Today Fritz and I hiked to the top of Humbug Mountain with Kim and Snow. From bottom to top, the trail was lined with mounds of Wood Sorrel, huge Sword Fern, Salal, Oregon Iris, Miner's Lettuce and tiny pink Bleeding Hearts. The Deer Fern were lime green and the fronds were almost completely unfurled with tiny fiddleheads on the very tips. There were Tan Oak droppings in the form of acorns and we spotted a few squirrels playing on the mossy Vine Maple branches. Kim found a small salamander and we admired it briefly before releasing it. We passed a small group of Stellar Jays that were flitting about in the understory, but otherwise it was quiet on the trail. As our elevation increased we found ourselves moving into a dense cloud and large water drops would occasionally plop on our heads from the treetops. Long before we reached the top and the overlook we knew that there was no chance of an aerial view of the Pacific Ocean, but the misty wonder of the forest made it worth every step.


Daily Dog Challenge 208: Adventure - dogs seem able to find adventure in activities both big and small. Show us an adventure your dog had today.

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Taken on May 27, 2012