|Beautiful old growth tree surrounded by youngsters|
|Steve, Jacqueline, Carol, Kirk, Al, Roger, Diane|
|Map of Goose Rock and Hoypus Hill|
|You can't tell how windy it was, and cold besides|
|Our lunch spot|
And there it was! It had fallen off that log where they are sitting and was just waiting for him to return. It was actually a much nicer place for lunch, since it was sunny and the wind didn't reach us through the trees. After a leisurely and enjoyable stop, we started our return trip. This is my favorite part, because we walk through acres of Old Growth forests, with some of these old trees probably more than 700 years old. Think of it: back when the Crusades were happening, and the Byzantine empire was collapsing, some of these trees were just saplings.
|Admiring the Old Growth trees|
My biggest problem was keeping up with the others through this part of the forest, because the trees kept calling for me to pay attention to their magnificence. Many of them have fallen, and some, like the one in this picture, are leaning enough to make me wonder if one day we'll visit and find that they have blown down. But then again, they will probably outlast all of us!
|The trail through the trees|
It was truly a wonderful day, filled with lots of sunshine and good conversation. Although I was getting rather tired towards the end of the day, wishing I was already back in the comfy car with my boots off, it was not a day I would have wanted to miss. On the way back, I asked Al if he would allow me to take a picture of some of the daffodils that are in bloom in the Skagit Valley (which we must traverse on our way home). He agreed, and here's what we saw.
|Rows and rows of daffodils in bloom|
Although the month of April is when the Tulip Festival is held in these parts, everything is early because of the warmer than normal weather. And as you can see, the daffodils are just beautiful! In a few weeks I'll be heading back here to see the tulips, but for now I was thrilled to see these acres of golden flowers. Just simply gorgeous, don't you think? It was a great day, and now I'm ready to put my feet up and relax for the rest of the day.