Today I went for a guided interpretive walk in Dishman Hills. It was their Annual Buttercup Hike, led by former Dishman Hills Conservation Association President Michael Hamilton.
Here he is now.
|Geologists sure have a gneiss sense of humor.|
Michael's a geologist. He gave us a nice geological and community-related history of the area. It is a great place to go to see pre-pioneer plant life.
I learned something new today, which is always good. I knew of the buttercup at the top of this post that the hike is named after, and I also knew the purple, nodding grass widow from looking it up a few years ago. A new one for me was the yellow glacier lily.
We heard the story of how to tell if the tree you're under is a Douglas Fir. Apparently many years ago there was a great flood near a colony of mice. The little mice were in a panic. They didn't know what to do. They finally found shelter in the cone of a Douglas Fir, and to this day you can see all their tiny mouse tails sticking out of the Douglas Fir cone.
Finally we made it to a lovely viewing area looking out across Spokane Valley toward Mount Spokane.
We encountered rain, hail and sunshine on this hike and I even got to see a marmot at the beginning. I wasn't fast enough with the old camera phone, unfortunately. All in all, a good time!