Friday, June 19, 2020, Grassy Knoll, Washington
Wildflower meadows filled the open slopes near the trailhead.
lupine and paintbrush
blue gillia and buckwheat
mariposa lilies and blue gillia
White dogwood, lilies and anemones led us through the shady forest up the steep trail to the ridge crest.
bead lily, starflower
More flowers all the way to the top of Grassy Knoll, and beyond.
Pink cliff penstemons along the rocky ridge, Mt Adams beyond.
Grassy Knoll looks green from here,
but the green slopes are full of flowers!
Summit view toward Mt Hood.
Summit view toward Mt Adams.
Continuing up the ridge, Mt Hood, the Columbia River, and more wildflower meadows.
And more blooming meadows near our turnaround point.
Every color of wildflower was in bloom today!
wallflower and parsley
phacelia and penstemon
phlox, sorel and parsley
parsley and onion
It was a great day in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. (Hike #46, 6.2 miles, 1350 feet.)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Chinidere Mountain, Oregon
We saw many of the same flowers that we saw at Grassy Knoll, though we were a thousand feet higher in altitude, so earlier in the bloom season. (Hike #47, 7.5 miles, 1450 feet.)
Wahtum Lake, near the trailhead.
A few early season flowers still in bloom here:
clasping twisted stalk
Ascending into the rainbow meadows on Chinidere Mountain.
Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, and Mt Adams from the summit.
Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson from the summit.
Wahtum Lake and Mt Hood.
A highlight was walking north of Chinidere Mountain on the Pacific Crest Trail, into the upper margin of the 2017 burn zone. Beargrass blooms sparkled in the recovering forest.
Wahtum ‘Express’ back to the parking area.
A nearly finished Meris cardigan – still have to sew on the buttons.
Around the neighborhood:
Black Lives Matter signs blooming everywhere, along with summer flowers.
One of many posted throughout the neighborhood.
Pandemic masks ubiquitous, thank you!
Skyline sign on the Fairhaired Dumbbell Building
George Floyd memorial
And more action nationally…