After yesterday’s dreary rain I thought we might be trapped inside until next April when the rain should stop. Fortunately today was clear so we took advantage and headed out to the Green River Gorge. We stopped for breakfast in Black Diamond, and after a short drive were at the remote one lane bridge. Built in 1914 150 feet above the Gorge, it provides spectacular views.
We parked the car and walked onto the bridge to see this view facing east.
Facing west you see a waterfall directly beneath you if you know where to look.
The view is even better in the winter when there’s ice in the Gorge and more water flowing. And with the leaves gone you can see the platform above the falls.
Someday we might hike the trail to the bottom but not this time. Okay, maybe never. It’s still unclear to me exactly how you get there and just how safe it is.
Instead, we’d do our walking on more level ground at nearby Nolte State Park through native forest on the shores of Deep Lake.
We set out on the trail through woods, ‘lovely, dark and deep.’ Yes I’m borrowing from Robert Frost as I can think of no better way to describe them.
The air was fresh and damp and the forest full of life, rich and mysterious.
I came across a lacy cedar and upright maple, intertwined as if dancing.
Can you see it?
And this giant Doug-fir stood watch, solid and alone as it had for perhaps hundreds of years.
We continued on toward the lake and noticed the leaves beginning to show their fall color.
Soon we were back where we started, refreshed and rejuvenated. And though the sun chose to remain hidden until we made it home, at least it didn’t rain.