May 2, 2019 Dalles Mountain Ranch, WA
On a very windy double birthday, we followed the lure of the wildflowers to Dalles Mountain Ranch, Columbia Hills State Park, WA. We hiked the Middle Loop, from the Ranch, downhill and then back up again, over rolling slopes and across streams. Balsam root, biscuit root, lupine, and filaree painted gold, yellow, purple and pink highlights on the hills, and neither words nor pictures can really describe the beauty! But I try…
A few less common flowers seen today:
Later, the same day – camas lilies and bitterroot!
On our way home, we took a short hike at Catherine Creek where the open slopes are already beginning to dry out.
I was hoping to see swales of blue camas lilies in the vernal pools, and we found them!
A bonus was finding the first blooming bitterroots of the year! We completely missed them last year when we were in Cornwall, so I took extra pictures to make up for it.
The large pink flowers are so delicately beautiful, and yet grow out of tough black lava outcrops.
This was hike #21 for 2019, about 6 miles, 600 feet overall, but a million in flowers.
Even later, birthday cake and new socks
I made the requested traditional chocolate cake. After dinner out at our favorite local Chinese restaurant, Brian blew out XXVI candles.
Dan will blowout his LXV candles on Sunday when he has his party. Both had ‘medical insurance significant’ birthdays this year. Brian was wore his new socks the next day while watching the Portland Trailblazers squeak out a win over Denver in quadruple overtime! I don’t think there is any adrenaline left in town.
Meanwhile in the garden….
Dogwood trees are blooming all over town in glorious pink, salmon and cream colors. And in our yard: