Cam wanted to go on a day hike in the forest, but I suggested that his wife and 2/3 child were probably not up to the caliber of hike he had in mind. So we opted instead to explore the nature trails in the Jackson Bottom Wildlife Reserve in Hillsboro (I saw on the website that they do school field trips so I figured it couldn't be too bad).
It was a beautiful day with all the evidences of spring here in the Northwest: sprouts, early blossoms, water everywhere.
We didn't get very far before our trail became covered by about 4 inches of water. Cam, who wins points for being prepared for anything, asked if he could run back to the car and put on his boots that were in the trunk ("Why are they in the trunk?" "They're just there in case I ever need them").
Here he is trekking off across the water hazard... don't worry, he came back to carry me in my tennis shoes. We made it a little further, and then came across this:
So it was a short walk, but we saw a lot of cool birds–some that we could even name. The people at the visitor's center told us it's a much nicer walk when it's not so flooded, so expect a post about the rest of the trail in mid to late August, or anytime after a post about new hip-waders.