Flaming Geyser State Park, A Missing Flame and Steelhead in Training

In the middle of a rainy April we picked the sunniest day for a walk at Flaming Geyser State Park where instead of a flame we found a flowing river, luscious forest and steelhead in  training – who knew there was such a thing?

To get there we took the scenic route from Auburn through the quiet pastures and farmland of the Green River Valley, which eventually led to the bridge into the park.

There we took the trail into the forest alongside the Green River where all was fragrant and lush and mossy green.

We emerged later near the Flaming Geyser for which the park was named – though we were a few years late getting to it.

According to Wikipedia, “The park was named for a flame which burned through a concrete basin, fueled by a methane gas pocket 1,000 feet below the surface. When the pocket was discovered by prospective coal miners in the early 1900s, the test hole hit gas and saltwater, shooting water and flames 25 feet into the air. The same methane pocket seeps gas through a mud hole to create the “Bubbling Geyser” nearby. Both “geysers” can be found along a short hike, though as of 2016 the flaming geyser is no longer lit due to depletion of its methane source.”

But we did get to see summer steelhead sporting about in the conditioning pond which prepares them for release.

Flaming Geyser State Park has over 500 acres including three miles of shoreline.  There were many other trails to explore but we were running out of time and would have to save them for another day.  We headed back to where we started, taking a different route next to marshy wetlands filled with birdsong.

It was still and quiet, but at the same time full of activity. I walked slowly hoping to capture pictures of the frogs and birds but they moved too quickly or managed to stay hidden.

While I lingered Bob went ahead and found a place to sit, then called me over when I caught up with him to look at these.

“Daisies,” he said. “Aren’t they pretty?  Everyone walks by without really noticing them. I think they’re happy when someone stops to appreciate them.”

And so we did.

Shared with Jo’s Monday Walks.

~ Susanne

Something there is that loves a Bridge!

I don’t love walls but I do love bridges so I had to share a few favorites for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

I’ll start in my home state of Washington and move down the coast.

First up is the Vantage Bridge carrying Interstate 90 across the mighty Columbia River near the town of Vantage and George (yes, there is a George, Washington!)

Moving south but still crossing the Columbia at its mouth, is the Astoria-Megler Bridge connecting Washington to Oregon at the historic city of Astoria.

In California I have two bridges to show you. First up the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge connecting, you guessed it, San Francisco to Oakland, and more often simply called the Bay Bridge.

Next door is that other bridge you may have heard of –  San Francisco’s Golden Gate.

Bridges – still better than walls.

~ Susanne

Tiger’s Corner

Three years ago I mustered up the courage to start this blog ~ with a little help from my feline friends! Since then the forest in back is gone, the sweet Benji has come to join us, but otherwise much remains the same. Here’s the first story from Tiger in case you missed it. 🙂

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

This is the first installment of our new blog and I appreciate Sue for letting me have the first few words.  As you can tell by my picture I am a handsome fellow.

That’s why she picked me out of the line up at the cat jail.  Okay, so it really wasn’t a jail.  They called it a cat hotel (without check out privileges I guess you could say.)  Either way, it was my green eyes that saved me and my brother Shadow from spending the rest of our lives there.  Only I wasn’t Tiger then, I was Miracle.  And Shadow was Brother Love (I kid you not.)

Bob and Sue were so kind to rescue us from our sheltered life and let us live with them in a nice big house, surrounded by luscious trees and thick forest with lots of little critters (who don’t stand a chance, by…

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Lady’s Mantle with the Dew

As long as I’ve had a garden it has included Lady’s Mantle.  Not for its flowers, tiny and yellow, appearing like clouds atop its stems.  Not for its fragrance – there is none – or its medicinal uses –  there are many.

I grow the plain and hearty plant year after year just so I can see it after a rain.  Or with the morning dew as I found it this morning.

~ Susanne

Dazzled by the Tulips at Roozengaarde

I was completely dazzled at the Tulip Festival this week and thought I’d share a few more pictures I took at Roozengaarde Farms.

According to their website, “William Roozen emigrated from Holland in 1947 with years of experience in the bulb industry and started a bulb farm on five acres of land. Today, Roozengaarde is the largest flower bulb grower in North America with more than 1000 acres of tulip and daffodil fields located in the Skagit Valley.”

I was happy to visit during their peak bloom under mostly sunny skies.

~ Susanne

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Family #cats – In my dreams I soar by Susanne Swanson

An early story from Benji on Smorgasbord ~ he’s still soaring! 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the third post from the archives of Susanne Swanson who shares something short and sweet this week….

In my dreams I soar  by Susanne Swanson

This is Benji and I am not what you call a big cat. From the beginning they called me the runt of the litter. (No thank you for that.) Sue even still doubts my birthday. Much too small to be that old she said to the vet who readily agreed.

But when I am asleep I show them all wrong. In my dreams I soar!

©Susanne Swanson

About Susanne

Hello! This is Susanne. After years of working in accounting and technology where rules are clear and numbers add up, I decided to explore the other side where roads are meant to be traveled, memories unfurl slowly and cats have been known to talk.

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In my blog you will meet my two favorite felines…

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Tis the Season for Tulips

Yes indeed.  The Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley is in full swing and the fields were an explosion of color yesterday and we were happy to visit under mostly sunny skies without rain or mud in this so very rainy month of April.

And though it is impossible to properly convey the glory of the place it’s fun to try. And so without further adieu here are some pictures from the fields and display gardens of Roozengaarde.

As always I took far too many pictures and will likely share a few at a time in future posts  – because, why not?

~ Susanne

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