"Are you bringing your lists....", Bre asked (in a way that implied that This Was Not a Birding Trip)
"Um... You picked the county that I'm probably gonig to have the most trouble with... (we were staying in North Bonneville in Skamania County), but I know this isn't a birding trip."
Bre looked me over carefully, raised an eyebrow and kept packing.
Our kids have to be complimented - they really entertain each other fairly well most of the time when we head off on long road trips. The DS came along, some coloring books, and a "Where Are They?" book that has kept them well occupied. Bre and I cajoled them several times on the way down to stop and look out of the windows... "Look at the river!" "Look at the train!" "Look at the trees!"... and they've gotten very good at feigning temporary interest. They keep the peace fairly well.
I-5 South between Seattle and Vancouver is a stretch Bre and I have gotten to know pretty well this year. We stopped where the sun don't shine (the rest stop in Cowlitz County... and it continued to be true today. I've never been there on a sunny day), and tried to get a picture of Bre's favorite spot, where the Columbia comes a little closer to the road, and you can see it lined with so much green and so many trees through the openings.
On into Skamania County - "There it is... sitting like a sentinel over the Columbia..."
"How did I know you were going to say sentinel?" Bre mused. She still hasn't warmed up to Beacon Rock.
We finally got to a point where we had to pull over, because the view was too great to pass up.
Once we got in, we enjoyed...
|Objects donated by Queen Marie of Romania...|
|...and chess sets! (Maura and Declan's favorite part)|
|Golden Eagles? Ferruginous Hawks... didn't|
find any, but... it wasn't a birding trip.
|Bridge of the Gods - Skamania County|
|Sunset near Bridge of the Gods - Skamania County|
|From the balcony - Bonneville Hot Springs Resort|
|Raven in the misty morning - not many|
more birds were out this morning.
I did get out for 20 minutes before we left, and was amazed at how few birds there were! Not a single flycatcher, warbler or vireo was singing in the woods on this July morning after a rain. Once I got back, we were packed up and ready to go off on our hike.
We may have gotten about 3/4 of the way there when there were grumblings. The kids really wanted to go back to the car, rather than continue for a waterfall. It took a good bit of convincing to get them to continue, but in the end, we were successful:
|Falls Creek Falls|
|Declan and I at Falls Creek Falls|
|Oh, whoops... not open|
Not a birding trip, but a very good trip nonetheless!