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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Forest Hike

I got to go for a hike on the weekend... the weather was beautiful and it was a crisp morning.

I like hiking in the forest because the paths are so nice and spongy soft. And bears love the forest of course!

These are some weird plants I am keeping an eye on. I have no idea what they are (any ideas Little Fox?)... so I am waiting until they do something - like make flowers.

The sun was shining through the trees, which makes for nice photos - this is a bracken fern just starting to unfurl.

Like Adjin, I like to sometimes sit and do nothing... it is hard though with a Mama like mine!

More ferns - sword ferns this time - they are so pretty.

We are going on a different trail this time - and I think these plants are lamb's ears... but not sure.

It is a beautiful trail, beary cool and quiet - with some ferns and skunk cabbage in a pool of water.

That is the thing when you get up this early - you can have the forest all to yourself.

Another moment to just sit and listen to the birds chirp.

This old stump had a hat made of salal bushes... it looks like it might house a hobbit or something.

Oooh... a flower!!! A yellow violet - beary nice.

This is a beary long hike - for a little bear and I needed to take several rest stops.

But Mama was patient with me because while I was resting she got to take more photos.

I thought I might see some ducks here but... not a single one to be found - or they were being beary quiet sitting on their nests!

Ok... so this is a local shrub, a pink currant - and I want to get one for my garden! It is super cute and would look beary pretty and... attract bees!

A bee was sniffing around these flowers just moments before this photo was taken - so I think it is a good bee-attractor.

This is another cute flower - I had to look this one up - it is called the Pacific Bleeding Heart - beary cute.

I like exploring the forest and finding new things. I am an Adventuring Bear you know!

Ohhh... and finally.. to wrap it all off... a Dragon!!! Do you see it???

17 comments:

  1. Sandy, that looks like it was a great hike. I love that photo of the lake....so peaceful! I didn't get hiking last weekend....Argggg I am going through withdraw (I should take a lesson from Ajdin and learn to relax).

    I don't know what the flower is...I need to "encourage" my roommates to get a flower identification book so I can be a more informed fox.

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    1. Oh, it was a great hike! You really must put your foot down with your roommates - about more hikes and a plant book. I made Mama flip through her plant book and we eventually found that mystery plant! It's called Vanilla Leaf - it has a strong vanilla smell! It was used by First Nations as an insect repellant and you can also dry it and use it as an air freshener. I would think you guys would have it down there too - keep your eyes open on your next hike!

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  2. Wonderful hike and photos Sandy! It's also true, we have to put our foot down when it comes to those seKretaries!

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    1. Thanks guys. Us little bears need bigger feet I think! Some sekrebearies are becoming immune to foot-stomping!

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    2. Well Sandy, we find a stern look, kind of like Paddington Bear gives, works very well. Or, sometimes sad eyes...no seKretary can resist sad eyes. If you find other techniques, do let us know!

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    3. Oh... sad eyes... I can do sad eyes!! I will sit in front of her and practice my soulful, woeful look.

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    4. We predict it will work like magic...honey and hot chocolate daily!

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    5. It would help if I could generate a few tears that threaten to spill down my furry little cheeks. Haven't managed that though!

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    6. That would be a beary good idea. Jerry suggests having a pal give you a good pinch, that might produce a couple of big tears, and who could possible resist a little bear with tears! If that doesn't work, you can always go on strike. A little protest with hand made signs might also work.

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    7. At this point I think I need to get the weather to cooperate too... why are humans so leary of going hiking in the pouring rain??

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    8. Well, we must admit, we're not fans of hiking in the rain either...rainy days are good when one of the seKretaries reads us a story, or makes popcorn and puts on an old movie, or helps us with a craft project.

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    9. I agree about the weather, humans can be so picky about having good weather. Just put on a jacket is my little fox philosphy......too bad my roommates don't always agree with it.

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    10. @ Jerry and Ben; a strike now that's a good idea. Do you have any suggestions on what to write on the little hand made signs?

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  3. Sad eyes, I will have to give that a try. Maybe I can convince my roommates to take me on two outings this weekend.....

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    1. Two outings!!! Whoa... that would be exciting. I think you can do sad eyes - practicing in front of a mirror or drunk fox might work too...

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    2. That's a good idea. I have a lot of luck with guilting my roommates into outtings and adventures. I will have to practice the sad eyes in front of Drunk Fox, he is good at giving feedback

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    3. Well it looks like you got at least one adventure this weekend and no rain either. Your lupines are way farther along than ours!

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