18 November 2013

On a Cool, Somewhat Showery, Autumn Day

This past weekend,
 we received a text from my DIL that our granddaughters were wanting to see us.
Being normal grandparents,
that was all it took to get us in our car and headed their way to pick them up for a trip to the mountains and the sea. 
The forecast that day called for showers,
but since three of us are native born Pacific NW'ers,
and the last one nearly so,
that didn't phase us one bit--
after all, people don't melt from a little rain, do they? LOL
Fortunately though, we ran into VERY little rain--
which was even better!
Our first stop was at a bakery where we devoured some very yummy
cinnamon snails, a mini gallette and more.
Mmm. You probably already know that it is very important to consume carbos
when you're going to be outdoors in the cold and,
as a good grandmother, I made sure the young ones (and I) had an adequate amount.
Such a good grandma I am--LOL
When we got to the mountains, we found them nicely 'decked' out for us--
in fact, they were wearing my favorite outfit,
which I like to call 'mist on the mountain'.
Very, very beautiful!
I understand, on very good authority,
that it's made especially for them by my favorite Designer--
perhaps you know and admire His work too:)
I can hardly wait till He clothes them SOON in some shining white snow
 as I am especially fond of His 'snow on mountain'  designer look!
A stop along the river,
a short walk in the woods,
a climb by three of us (not I) to the top of the fire tower;
lots of time inside looking at the exhibits.
I could live in this place...
this gorgeous, gorgeous forest.
Well I can't because it isn't allowed,
but I would LOVE to!

As you can see, the river level is higher now then it was awhile back
and the current is much more swift.
Some of the places we hiked to this summer are under the water now
and soon the river will be even higher.
More rain=higher river.
More rain=prettier waterfalls.
More rain is a good thing
(even though I do find myself complaining of it often).

In the PNW, we LOVE our moss.
And why you ask do we love it?
Well, for several reasons-
first off, it's green,
and in the midst of winter we crave colors other then gray and brown.
Secondly, it's everywhere--
on the trees, on the ground, on garden art, in the grass, in cracks on walks, on roofs and more.
Yep, we love our moss.

Down the trail view...
MUCH. much  prettier in person:)

In the PNW we also LOVE our ferns
and I think this golden one is quite pretty!
For more golden views
(actually for a lot of amazing forest and mountain photos,
see Linda's blog here.)
You got to LOVE the world of bloggers--
they take you where you are too scared to go--
like to the top of cliffs and mountains :)
Yikes! It is really late and I have tasks to do...
so with that I will say adieu for today with this photo of Tillamook Bay.
Have a wonderful day:)
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