What a difference a day makes! This morning brought brief snow flurries to the region (the earliest I can remember) but yesterday was mild with only light rain. I’m happy we took our walk on the Cedar River Trail yesterday. The Trail follows the river 17 miles beginning from the Cedar River watershed in the south, through Maple Valley and Renton in the north, to where the river flows into Lake Washington. We often walk the northern portion of the trail where it passes by the Renton Boeing Plant but found yesterday’s walk further south even better.
We accessed the trail at the Cedar River Park on the Maple Valley Highway and found it quieter and less traveled as it weaved through park and forest. Fall colors were brilliant and leaves still abundant on the trees and the ground. The fragrance brought up childhood memories of when we’d pile up the fallen leaves and jump into them with abandon.
We saw spawning salmon making their way slowly up the river home, and some who’d already completed their mission.
And we found this part of the trail had gone to the dogs.
Yes, these dogs have their own park and were happily running and chasing newfound friends.
As I am writing this, tiny snowflakes are still falling. Perhaps yesterday was fall’s last hurrah.