Don’t get me wrong, I prefer shine. But regardless of the weather there’s nothing like a walk along the Green River to cure what ails you! And yesterday we were rewarded with a Steelhead sighting – Washington’s State Fish – making it a perfect hike!
It had been too long since we’d ventured out. Perhaps the rain had gotten to us. Or maybe it was the quarantine blues. Whatever it was, we shook it off yesterday and headed to Flaming Geyser State Park, stopping short of the entrance but finding easy access to a river trail nearby.
Now the thing about walking in the woods is that the rain doesn’t seem to bother you. It’s filtered by the treetops and moss before it falls gently to the ground keeping everything lush and green – at least if you live in the Evergreen State.
I could have sworn we were in the rainforest, with so many trees wearing moss and ferns
including this zombie, which I wouldn’t want to meet in the dark.
We made our way down to the river where we watched it flow in perfect solitude.
And then – after Bob mentioned what a good spot it was for fishing — we saw a giant Steelhead jump! A first for me!
Too bad I didn’t catch him in the video but trust me, it was three feet long if it was an inch!
So I wondered – is it a Salmon or a Trout? According to what I could find online, it’s technically a Rainbow Trout but spends much of it’s life in the ocean, returning to spawn like a Salmon. To learn more click here.
And in case you were wondering – Washington State Parks will be reopened again next week, complete with services and parking and fishing too – hooray!
O my goodness, how beautifully green everything is! Such a lovely place to explore 😊 thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva
Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
A great day out, no matter the weather!
thanks John. It was perfect! And I was so surprised to see that giant steelhead jump! Such power!
But it is a rainforest, Susanne. It’s a forest, and in a place where it usually rains. 🙂
Shame you didn’t catch that fish. Rainbow Trout is very tasty.
Best wishes, Pete.
Not sure if steelhead season is open yet, but Bob will be out fishing when it is! This one was huge and made quite an impact when it jumped. I bet it will put up a good fight! 🙂 As far as the forest goes, I agree most of the forests around here look like rainforest! I don’t know if this one technically qualifies but we do have official rainforests in Washington State. 🙂
Hooray for park openings!!
Yes, indeed! Hip Hip Hooray! 🙂
Love it. We are home for a long time, so I will have to piggyback on your times outdoors.
So glad you enjoyed the walk in the woods. It had been a while and it did wonders for my mood! 🙂
Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing!
Such pretty green everywhere! I’m glad your parks are going to open back up. I don’t think California’s are opening anytime soon…🌲🌲
Yes, I love the green! I’m thrilled that our state parks will be open, at least for day use. 🙂
I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award.
Thank you so much! I appreciate it! 🙂
Great post, loved the pictures! My partner’s daughter used to live in Auburn near the Green River, we would go to walk along it when we visited. Beautiful area.
I appreciate your comment. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂
Love the pics. Do you birdwatch as well?? I Love birds and have never been able to get to that neck of the woods.
Stay well and Laugh a lot
Yes I love birds! Especially those in my own backyard. 🙂
You should post some pics
I’ve posted a lot of pictures of hummingbirds and chickadees and other visitors too. 🙂
I’ll have to look further
Sure… I just added ‘tags’ to my blog so you can click on hummingbirds as an example.
Thanks I love hummingbirds. We only get I kind around here
Thanks for the share!!
Sure! thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Beautiful photos! I love the moss covered tress.
Thanks so much! 🙂
I got a link to last year’s walk in the same area, which brought me here today, Susanne. Not sure if you intended that, or not, but I will share this walk on my post tomorrow. 🙂 🙂 Have a nice day!
Thanks so much! 🙂
Gorgeous photos. I especially love the closeup of the leave. At first I thought it was a caterpillar at the end.
Thanks so much for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures! That’s a close-up of a fern, unfurling; it does rather look like a caterpillar! 🙂
I especially love photos of nature and hope my compliment encourages you.
Yes indeed! Thank you. 🙂
Very nice snapshot 💐💐💐
Thank you. 🙂
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Great story and fantastic pics! Glad you were able to see the Steelhead!
Thanks so much! It was a wonderful walk in the woods and it was a thrill to see the Steelhead. So large, it startled us.