Last Monday, we enjoyed some surprisingly warm weather for February. Since Monday is my day off, I decided to take the morning for myself and go to my local park, Klineline Park in Salmon Creek, Washington.
Only a five minute car ride from my house, I feel blessed to have such a great park nearby. There are two entrances. If you want to enjoy Klineline Pond, you can pay to park. If you want to take a paved stroll through nature, take the second entrance where the Vancouver Girl’s Softball Association plays, and you don’t have to pay to park. You can still access Klineline Pond from the second entrance, but you have to walk about half a mile.
After walking past the softball fields, I felt so glad to get a little bit of me time. I’m not a spa person. I don’t want to be pampered. Taking photos and walking around nature is more my thing. At a small pond just 1/4 of a mile into the walk, I captured 2 birds for my lifetime bird list:
a noisy Red-winged Blackbird
and a lone Ring-necked Duck
I walk slow when I’m in photography mode, allowing loud, gossipy ladies and screaming kids to pass me by. The morning light was perfect for this macro shot:
After about another 1/4 mile or so I thought I would turn back. I felt guilty about not taking Jack and Hannah but after I saw all the unleashed dogs walking around, I’m glad I left them at home. An unleashed dog not in a dog park is one of my biggest pet peeves – I just don’t want to see dogs getting hurt! After one particular unleashed dog started showing aggression towards me, I really thought I should turn back.
I wanted to get some distance from the incident, when I spotted a deer crossing the path. After she crossed, I saw another one hesitating in the tall grass. All of a sudden, the second doe decided to make a run for it.
Then I watched as they dipped their hooves into Salmon Creek, crossing into the woods. Wow! If I had turned back any earlier I would have missed that! It just goes to show you never know what will happen when you go exploring, even at your local park.
I think I should have more of these adventures. Until next time!