Went out for a hike this morning with potentially a new hiking buddy, Rachel. She's our new pastor's wife. We had a great time, and naturally hike at about the same pace, so we hope we can make this work. She has three small children, which will be the biggest scheduling issue. But today was great, if a little chilly.
We went to one of my favorite places, the Bowman Lake Semi-Primitive Area, and hiked the loop trail.
Still not much of any green plant material. Crazy! But Bowman Lake was looking green. Surprising, since the sky was overcast and gray.
We've had some big winds this winter, and these two cottonwoods did not survive.
But this old oak didn't seem to have any damage at all. I love the twisted branches.
We hiked a little over six miles and then ate a quick lunch by the lake, but it was too chilly to sit still very long. We're now saying "May showers bring June flowers." Just a little adjustment needed.
Answers to yesterday's puzzle: The first is asphalt siding. Everyone got that right. Chuck was closest on the second. It's a weathered fuel oil tank, with lichen growing on it.
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