Random Wanderings – solo 8/5/15

My new trail buddy
My new trail buddy

I met a little cutie this morning on the trail.  I kept a respectful distance and she was kind enough not to immediately run away.

I drove to my usual Rattlesnake Lake upper parking lot and, after going up and down Cedar Butte again (trying to get back in shape after 5 weeks of very little hiking) I decided to check out a side trail – it is on the north side of Iron Horse just a bit west of the western end of the Boxley Creek  bridge – and I had a fun time from there.

This trail led north and west and meandered through the forest past a nice pond. It was a great alternative way to and from Cedar Butte.  It hit the Sno Valley trail a bit north of Rattlesnake Lake so I walked down to the Cedar River Interpretive Center (http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Education/CedarRiverWatershed/CedarRiverEducationCenter/index.htm).  I headed back north via the Lake Trail for awhile and then cut over to Rattlesnake Lake.  From there I decided to walk all the way around:

The place looks different on a Wednesday
The place looks different on a Wednesday

I was there and there were two kayakers but the place was otherwise empty.  I did encounter a family of geese on the trail so I slithered by to the sound of hissing and skated away.

Along the way around I noticed a stark reminder of what we humans do vs. what nature does.  We don’t look good.

Rattlesnake Lake is man-made.  Where the lake is there used to be forest.  Right now the water is low and look at all the stumps; and notice the beautiful mountain view beyond the stumps:

Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Nature

But if you look in the right place around there it is nice:

A tranquil scene
A tranquil scene

And back by the interpretive center I noticed they are doing a project to replace intrusive weeds with native growth.  How nice for this area!

A local project
A local project
New native species
New native species

Finally, back at the car I noticed I had the lot to myself.  A first time for coming back – a slightly cool summer weekday is what it takes, I guess – but it was a very nice and pleasant ramble.

Now this is a rare scene
Now this is a rare scene

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