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The Rambling Writer Takes a Pacific Northwest Spring Forest Hike

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we revel in lush “forest bathing” this spring.

Thor and I love the expansive openness of our new Salish Seaside home, but since I am fourth-generation here in the far northwest corner of the U.S., I need a regular dose of enfolding lush forest. And running water, moss, and ferns. We are both working our way back toward mountain hiking again after some major health challenges, so the Arroyo hike above Chuckanut Bay was a nice start with enough hill to tire us. (I had to cheat halfway through to sit on a rock for a while and listen to the winter wrens singing their little hearts out.) The wildflowers were still fresh, like these bleeding heart:

And false lily-of-the-valley:

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