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The First Goldenrod

We made a trip to Comers Rock yesterday.  The rangers have rebuilt the overlook and improved the trail.  We are into the steamy part of Summer, with frequent thunderstorms (my parents got three inches in half an hour!), so it seems sensible to look for cooler places.

Comers Rock

The children were so eager to get there.
I think they would have scaled the mountainside and skipped the trail.


Roan found a clump of dead grass and said a blessing over it.
Later, he found more grass and did the same thing again.
He is such a sweet little fellow.  I hope that never leaves him.

Grass Blessing

I found the first goldenrod.  Summer's fading, even as the days swell with heat.

The First Goldenrod

Here's Willow, climbing.  What adventurous children I have.
I wish I had been like them when I was younger.


And here's an Indian pipe, standing tall before its own end.
The woods were also full of mushrooms and a few blueberries.

Indian Pipe

It's always good to get out and even better to do it together.
We're bracing ourselves for a long week without Mike,
but Christmas in July is this weekend, so we have something to cheer us up.


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
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Jul. 22nd, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
We try. Gotta keep spirits up, if nothing else. We've had some fevers here this week, so the twinkly lights have been very welcome.
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Jul. 23rd, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
It was fairly short for Laurel. Roan was pretty perky at the end of yesterday, even ran away out into the yard, so I am hopeful.
( 4 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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