Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hello, summer!

It's been a pretty bleak June here in the Pacific Northwest, even for a girl who prefers her weather on the bleak side.

But today, the early morning sun brightened the walls of my bedroom and the choice was easy; I called in a half day of vacation and headed to Tiger Mountain!  It was my first Tiger trip of this year, and every year, on my first time, I remember again how much I love it there.  The forest was its usual Tiger Mountain heaven: green and lush, flowers, cool wind, sunshine, birds -- including a beautifully exotic male western tanager neotropical migrant (I didn't know that; I had to email a description to my friend Penny, birder extraordinaire, when I got home).  Tiger provides an efficient, leg-burning workout: a little over an hour to hike up, a little under an hour to jog back down.  I was still smiling when I got to work, right after lunchtime.  What a wonderful way to start a new summer!

Today is the longest day of the year, and winter is on its way.  But first, welcome back, summer.  It's good to see you!

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