Date: July 5, 2019
place: Rasar State Park, Washington
Coordinates: 48.514968, -121.904260
Length: 1.9 miles
It was nearly 5 pm when we arrived at Rasar State Park so we didn't have time for a long hike. Most of that day we passed looking for information at the Sedro-Woolly NPS visitor center and hiking the Baker Lake trail. Rasar State Park was not one of the places named for us at the visitor center but Pappa Quail had it on his list of where to go birding, so were we went.
|Our hike as captured by Pappa Quail's GPS|
Rich, earthy smell permeated the forest air. The smell of of a damp, living rain forest. A good, healthy fragrance.
|Skagit River, view east|
|Skigit River, view west|
|Song Sparrow, Pacific Northwest form|
|Indian Pipe, Monotropa uniflora|
The little birds that tweeted in the vegetation were not visible. We looked fr another place where we could get down to the river. Meanwhile I settled for the little wildflowers that dotted the trailside.
|Fleabane, Erigeron sp.|
The chikas found a fallen tree with its ace still attached firmly enough to the ground. Bouncing n this log gave them pleasure to n end :-)
|The Bouncing Log|
We got back on the trail and continued west, making our way between berry hedges. Most of them were still in the blooming phase but there were quite a few that were already bearing ripe fruit. Needless to say, we all indulged in this nature's treat.
I followed the bumblebees as they flew from flower to flower, doing their share in ensuring the next round of yield. The bee escaped my photo frame but the blossom turned out nice.
|Berry, Rubus sp.|
|Bittersweet Nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, non-native|
The immediate vegetation there was a large patch of a vetch-like plant that was unfamiliar to me. It's bloom was really nice. It turned out to be yet another invasive species though.
|Purple Crownvetch, Coronilla varia, non-native|
|Cut-leaved Blackberry, Rubus laciniatus, non-native|
|Fireweed, Chamerion angustifolium|
|Large-flowered collomia, Collomia grandiflora|
|Thistle, Circium vulgare, non-native|
I looked up and stood still. The peak north of Rasar State Park appeared to be smoking. I knew it was just the whips of cloud but the effect was really impressive and somewhat scary.
In short - on the other side of the field we were back again in the forest completing the loop to the parking lot.
All and all it was a good day, but I felt lacking. I wanted to see something spectacular. Something worth having travelled all the way to Northern Washington.
I received just that on the following day, at the Sauk Mountain hike.