We had a wee bit too much to drink the night before, and had professed our wanting to hike the previous day, but with heavy rain and gray we entered sloth mode. Eating croissants and having a super large starbucks for breakfast, followed by another pot of coffee we still couldn't get energized. So we just layed on the couch and started watching Ken Burn's National Parks documentary. Even though it was incredibly interesting, we started to drift to sleep. Then around 1 PM, after sleeping for 60 seconds and Shelly startling us awake, we got our fat a**es off the couch.
The sky was still gray, but the rain had slowed. I told her we should just go hiking at Bennington Lake which is about 5 miles from here, and has a 6-7 mile trail called the white tail trail. Why do I love her? She didn't even think twice. She was ready to go, and we did. We peeled our nap encrusted carcasses off the couch, and were greatly rewarded. The sun came out maybe a mile into the hike and seemed to only be shining over Walla Walla, and there were beautiful birds, and a nice cooling breeze, bobcat and cougar prints, lots of opportunity to use google lens on unknown wildflowers, and as is always the case when I am with her, things were perfect. So here are a couple things from the hike.