Hike Distance: 7.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 525.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1149 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 60457 feet
Going to check out the Camas Lilies status in the Natural Area. They’re not blooming, except for a few, and will be ready in about 1-2 weeks. However, the Fawn Lilies are in profusion and are awesome!
I went for a loop hike and surveyed the northern area of the park. The home building is very noisy and looks horrible. It really ruins the the northern most trail, which sweeps very close to a home, and is an eye sore. It’s horrible what the developers and city have done. Money over quality of life should be the motto for the city of Camas. 😦
Lacamas Creek was a torrent and the Upper and Lower Falls were impressive.
My back started hurting every step, after about 3-4 miles. It was very painful and felt like it did before installing the leg lifts in my shoes. I don’t understand it but it was a tremendous letdown. I tried to take it as a sign that I needed to install another 1mm thick insert in my shoes. This process of healing is so up and down, and frustrating.
I got back to level ground and the pain in my back subsided a bit. Just before leaving the park I ran into a disabled women in an electric scooter. She was smiling and telling me that she’s so excited to finally be able to get out, as the scooter has given her back some freedom. She said she was just so happy to be able to visit the wilderness again! You could feel her joy in being out here, next to Round Lake, under the trees. I was so moved by this meeting with her. I told her how happy I was for here and to have a wonderful day! I couldn’t help but cry on the way home. I wanted to go back and tell her “Thank you for such a special gift of perspective, and how to enjoy the little things”. My problems felt petty and minimal after that experience.