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Again to the Woods

A certain little boy just turned four a few minutes ago and Willow is having the hardest time just letting him sleep.  She wants to make his hot chocolate right now and get going on the day.  If there's anything I've learned over the past few years, it is that birthdays need more rest than other days.  They are just entirely too exciting.  Here are some photos of our most recent hike to help us wait.

On the trail

Mike's parents came to visit this past weekend and I went with his mother to see the trilliums along Big Tumbling Creek again.  I let Laurel walk this time and the children all wore their matching rain boots (sense the foreshadowing here).  Laurel happily toddled all the way to the end of the trail.  I don't think that I've ever actually had her walk until she was done and this was no exception.

Jack in the Pulpit

Different flowers were blooming now, two weeks later, and I saw numerous Jack in the Pulpits.  Or Jacks in the Pulpit?

Rain Boots

Laurel checked out her boots and felt angry that I sat her on this rock so near the edge of everything so very interesting.  The rushing waters and giant rocks meant she had to go on my back once we reached the creek.

Large Flowered Trillium

Gratuitous trillium picture.  Word is, they turn pink when they've been pollinated.

At the water's edge

Oh, it was nice.  The weather could have been easily rainy and cold, but it wasn't.

Tomten Hat

Up at the lake, it was even nice.  Here's a tomten hat I made for Roan.  I guess I need to make one for Willow, too.

Partridge Berries

The rains have been good to the partridge berries and such fat ones we have never seen!  Willow found the mother lode and the children gobbled up so many and fed them to Mike's mom.  This is where we were parted with one of Laurel's rain boots, unbeknownst to us.

Arriving back home with just one, we all drove up there again after Mike's parents left yesterday. It was cold and wet and windy then and a storm in the night had changed the stream into something quiet different, even stronger than normal. Sure enough, there was the little boot laying in the moss by the very spot Willow found all those berries. We scurried back to the warmth of our car and headed home.

Now, to get ready for Roan to wake up and find his birthday gifts!

And just for fun, I'll link up with Frontier Dreams and Crafting On.  It's been awhile!


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 27th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Roan! I hope you all have a wonderful, balanced day.

I wish I knew about edible plants. I knew Russian ones growing up at least some, but not these. And it's not the sort of thing I feel comfortable teaching myself!

Edited at 2015-04-27 01:35 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes. We don't know a lot of edibles--my friend Carrie does--but we have our old favorites. :-)
Apr. 28th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
happy birthday to roan! love the tomton hat. <3
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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