Kamiak Butte, but then we were so close to Pullman, we made another spontaneous decision to show the kids daddy's Alma mater.
But to make this story complete, I need to back up to another hidden motive of mine. I wanted to show the kids how beautiful the rolling hills of the Palouse are, especially in Spring. They were not immediately impressed. "This is boring. How long are we going to drive?" My favorite commentary came from Baby Dragon who remarked, "this trip is taking my whole life." So maybe they weren't as close to the age of scenery-induced introspection as I had hoped. Mom and Dad tried to talk it up. Nothing helped until we got out of the car on campus at the grizzly bear research station.
|About the only way I'd like to be close to a bear.|
|Bubba holding his 2 dollar bill.|
I digress. So we finally headed north a few miles to Kamiak Butte. We didn't get far because even though Droid informed us where to turn, I spotted a field of ewes and lambs that we had to circle back for. I got out of the car and spoke sheep. They answered. White lambs, twin lambs, spotted lambs and even a lamb like Biddy that we had just read about in Mountain Born.
|My baa-ing was unconvincing- they wouldn't come to the fence.|
|The scenery was starting to impress the kids.|
|This herb made the whole summit smell wonderful.|
It's a beautiful walk that starts in Ponderosa/ Doug Fir mix forest and ends in an open summit overlooking the southern Palouse hills and the towns of Pullman and Moscow.
|"Where's Boo? Here's Boo!"|
|It's looks sweet, but he's actually trying out the Swiss Army knife...|
|Is that introspection?|
|Almost 13 (lucky) years together!|
After hiking back down, we checked out the playground. It's a pretty awesome siting for some playground equipment and had some fun and risky elements sometimes missing from modern parks. I want to bring some friends back with me to enjoy it again.
|Drive by barn sitings...|
It was a beautiful day for a short road trip and a nature hike. The kids got a glimpse of rural life in the spring and a feel for the land, literally, as we zoomed up and down over gravel roads tracing the hills and valleys while Droid pronounced Palouse like "palace". Another trip idea emerged from this one; around the town of Colfax- on Fugate and South Palouse roads are some amazing barns and we never get tired of finding them and admiring them. Maybe next time we'll just go barn hopping... without the kids.