Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 7.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 569.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 596 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 66807 feet

Stunningly gorgeous day with blue skies and a very slight cool breeze made it just perfect to be outdoors. I got out late and really couldn’t go too far because yesterday I had a procedure that used anesthesia.

Took a small loop around klineline Park and investigated some of the area where the plantings were made. Then I headed east under I-5 over the sturdy Bridge that crosses Salmon Creek and into a nice park setting that gives access to some rapids and photographic opportunities. That said, I can hear I-5 noise constantly here. One thing I’m noticing is a large number of beetles flying all over the place but nothing that’s biting.

The Rapids here are spectacular but they are covered up a bit from all the leaves are growing on the new vegetation.   I noticed across the creek that there are a whole bunch of California orange poppies. At least that’s what I think they are from this distance. You can’t really go very far on the section near the Salmon Creek Rapids because it quickly goes into private land and there’s a sign to designate it so I turned around.

I brought my Panasonic G9 camera with me today, which is micro 4/3 format. I’m wearing some new sunglasses and found I couldn’t see through the viewfinder.  What I found out today is that the EV adjustment to make the picture darker or lighter is on a dial that is very easily moved. As a result the electronic viewfinder was so dark that I couldn’t see through it with the glasses. Once I brought it closer to where it should be I can see through the electronic viewfinder with my sunglasses and so I’m now thrilled.

I just reached over to put some Purell on my hands and found the cap was open. I really don’t like these hanging Purell bottles as they tend to snap open easily and then drip all over your shoulder, clothes or equipment. I’ve got to find another solution that doesn’t cause me to lose a disinfectant at an opportune time when I might need it.  I say that because sometimes you just notice that the bottle is empty during the hike.

Tomorrow I see doctor Kaluza, the orthopedist. I haven’t seen him him for 3 + weeks. It will be interesting to ask him about the ups and downs I’ve had on hiking with these inserts. I’m also curious to see what he has to say about the pain always migrating back to the left side where it had begun.

So on my way walking West on the trail I met a woman that was very nice and we talked for what seemed like a very long time. Probably half an hour to 40 minutes, and I lost all my momentum.

Interestingly, I also met a nice woman on the way way back and talk for a while and another delightful conversation. I definitely took longer than I wanted to hike this trail but it was thoroughly enjoyable and a great temperature.

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