“Don’t be afraid of the rain!” That’s something I have heard myself say quite a bit lately. Trying to encourage others, but mostly trying to keep up my own moral as the grey clouds bring rain and more rain. I don’t find myself depressed by the grey like some folks, but sometimes it is just easier to stay at home on the couch then go outside. I try to keep my motivation up, but it fails. It failed last week on my day off. This week I got out, but it was a relaxed rainy day outing for me.
I headed out to the road block on I-90. Due to avalanche danger the pass was shut down starting at exit 34 just past North Bend. Then turned toward the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River for some exploring.
The roads started off in decent shape, but in time I was dodging potholes full of water with hidden depths.
I stopped at the Mine Creek Picnic Area and went for a little stroll.
Although there was some snow on the ground it was raining pretty fiercely and I was thankful for my rain gear. Following a trail along the river I was able to walk out onto a small island where I took the picture below. All the clouds sure made things look mysterious.
After exploring the river and Mine Creek Picnic Area, I drove over to Rattlesnake Lake to walk the trails along the shore. I did not hike up to the ledges as I was in a meandering kinda mood. I have been up to the ledges many times and they are worth the little trek. Check out a snowy trip up Rattlesnake Mountain here and a early morning hike up to the ledges I did with Ben and his wife here.
This area really fascinates me as the lake covers what once was a town. In the image below you can see that when they built a dam up hill the water seeped through the hillside and flooded the town. That was almost 100 years ago!
The clouds were still out and the rain was not letting up. I found this setting to be a very appealing setting for all the stumps along the edge of the lake.
As I walked the trail, I paused to watch two giant Bald Eagles drop from a tree above me, gracefully swoop and fly across the lake. I wasn’t able to get my camera out fast enough, so I settled for a picture of some birds racing across the lake. Seems to me the rain didn’t bother any of the birds I saw.
What is normally a very popular area is a very peaceful place on day like this. I often paused and just listened to the sounds of nature. Stopping and taking in the surroundings, melting into the setting and appreciating the soundscapes is good for the soul.
Sometimes you just need to get outside. When the rain is coming down and you seem to have lost your motivation, it doesn’t really matter where you go or what you do as long as you get out and stretch your legs. I wasn’t really looking forward to going out as I was just in a blah kinda mood, but once I got out I was thankful I took that step. I had heard once that “Adventure is just outside your front door!” I am not sure who said it, but I love the sentiment! I look forward to more days outside as winter turns into spring and am sure you do too!
Adventure Date: March 3, 2014