I finally made it up to Mt. Rainier to see this year’s wildflowers. Normally they are just starting to be in full bloom. The National Park Service’s website says “Mount Rainer’s renowned wildflowers bloom for a limited amount of time every year. The “peak” bloom for wildflowers is heavily dependent on weather and precipitation patterns, so accurate predictions are difficult. In most years, many flowers will be blooming by mid-July, and by the first of August the meadows should be very impressive.” This year because of our ongoing heatwave the wildflowers came into bloom six to eight weeks early, so I was catching the last of them. But still they were lovely and it was great to hike around and see the new to me visitor’s center. Driving up and down the mountain and even hiking around was like being in a cloud. When I crossed the bridge over the Nisqually River, I couldn’t even see much of the bridge and nothing to either side. It was a real leap of faith to keep going!
This sign was displayed at the trail head and it made me wonder what the snowfall was for the year that just passed. 2014-2015 was a new record of low snowfall with only 266 inches. That is not a good thing impacting the glaciers, lake levels, skiing, fish migration and the water that will be available to Washington residents this year.
The Yashiro Japanese Garden at 1010 Plum Street SE, Olympia is a small, well proportioned public garden. It is a a joint effort of the Olympia-Yashiro Sister City Association and the City of Olympia.There are a few art pieces and a waterfall and some colorful fall foliage. More information can be found here.
What a lovely, much needed Spring Day. The sun was shining all day and it was in the upper 60s! Heaven. I was compelled to be outside, so it was just perfect that I had a date with some friends to visit the 20 acre Kubota Gardens in South Seattle. These gardens were developed by Fujitaro Kubota. In 1987, the gardens were acquired by the City, fulfilling the desired of the Kubota family. There are ponds, waterfalls and of course, many types of flora. While I was there a young couple was having photographs professionally taken, I’m assuming for their wedding.
This jewel of a park was worth the short drive down to Tumwater. It is a perfect park, especial if you just have an hour or so. There is a quick loop that shows off the waterfalls and the accompanying Deschutes River. And there are also several well placed signs that share the history of the area including the now closed Olympia Brewing Company. I love the idea of going back in the winter when the falls partially freeze! I guess I also need to go back in the spring to see the salmon run. And I bet it’s pretty nice in the summer, so it’s an all season park! The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.