Lewisville Park Hike

Hike Distance: 4.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1650.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 508 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 180332 feet

A fantastic day for a walk in the cool fresh air and rain!  The Lewis River was raging and I took plenty of time to enjoy the beauty and take pictures.  I hiked around the park to maximize the distance.  There were several people out there but it still felt devoid of people.  I met a nice gentleman and we talked for a while.  His dog had a limp so he was going to visit the vet to take care of it.

It was a very relaxing day and I got some nice pictures for everyone to see!

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1646.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1869 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 179824 feet

It started out cold but my constant elevation gain kept me warm.  It turned sunny at the end of the hike and views of snow on the distant mountains could be seen.  I didn’t see anybody today but didn’t expect to since it’s a weekday. 🙂

I was hoping for some epic hiking for the end of the year but Carol needs to have hand surgery next week. 😦  She can still hike but we will need to be careful since she won’t be able to use her right hand, or carry a hiking stick.  It is expected to take about 12 weeks to completely heal and gain full use of her hand (actually arthritis of the thumb is the culprit).  We’ll need to be a bit more creative and flexible until the recovery is complete.

Frenchmen’s Bar Area Hike

Hike Distance: 4.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1637.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 188 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 177955 feet

What a fantastic day in the pouring rain!  Cold and wet made for an exhilarating day.

I roamed around the Frenchmen’t Bar area and spent quite a bit of time along the Columbia River, and observing the huge bird population that spends the winter in this area.  The driving rain lasted for more than half the hike and created a beautiful surreal view of the river.  I couldn’t get enough of the views.

The thousands of birds swirling around the Frenchmen’t Bar area was impressive!  They were flying in formation from every direction and landing in the fields.  The noise was deafening at several times, but I was caught up in the visual ballet.  There were other people in the area that were also enjoying this.  Unfortunately, the sounds of shotguns was going off on both sides of the river.  It saddens me to think people get enjoyment out of watching them drop from the sky. 😦   Thankfully, I didn’t see any ducks drop from the sky during this hike.

The rain stopped by the end of the hike and the clouds had cleared out in the west.  It made for a very nice end to the day!