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Hiking, Hiking with baby

Spring fever

Honestly, it’s felt (and looked) like spring since around New Year’s, but now it’s officially here – huzzah!

Every year I get all giddy and excited when I spot my first woodland spring flowers of the season. We found – or, rather, our noses led us to – skunk cabbage on Cougar Mountain in February, and yesterday the Redmond Watershed Preserve was flush with trillium. Aaah! I can feel that spring fever bubbling inside, and I’m getting all excited about the outdoors and mountains again. Hiking! Gardening! Mushrooming!

Skunk Cabbage Watershed
Speaking of fever, our little walk in the woods yesterday was just what the doctor ordered. Nora has a cold and was finally able to take a good, long nap out there on trail, and JK and I are just getting over our colds, so we could sniff in all that fresh air that smelled like spring rain and all things green (and skunk cabbage).

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Poor little Sniffles McGee is still all coughs and sneezes, but hopefully the rain will let up today so I can take her out for a walk. Keeping her upright in a carrier might help drain that little snot faucet, plus I can’t think of a better distraction for her than being outside and inspecting all the new signs of spring on the Powerline Trail.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Lisa March 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Love the spring flowers! It’s been so nice here in Oregon that we’ve been hiking for months! Crazy. Sadly the rain is back so we’ll probably miss hiking for a bit.

  • Reply Karen March 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    We haven’t had much of a winter here either. I was up at 7,500 ft the other day and just barely finding snowpack. I agree that the longer days feel great, there’s a spring in my step again! :)

  • Reply Ingunn March 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Lisa, I know! Suddenly it feels like it’s *actually* March! What even is this??

    Karen, it’s so crazy. Poor skiers. Poor ski resorts!

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