On Sunday, Mr. Squash and I made a picnic lunch and headed for the river. We needed to get outside and away and also wanted to check out our summer fishing holes! The day started off sunny and warm, but by the time we got to the river it was hazy, yet still warm. We stopped at several areas, but most were full of folks wanting to do the same thing! So we drove down to see if one of the reservation campgrounds was empty, and sure enough, it was! We often use these for fishing when they aren't reserved. The rangers have never given us a problem, and we're always ready to leave if someone comes in.
From the looks of the photo below, we won't be fishing any time soon. What you see is a very deep, very wide and fast running river! As the summer progresses, the river becomes calf deep in spots - with several deep holes where the fish live - and only about 6-10 feet wide! We can easily wade back and forth across the river and not worry about being swept away!
Here is where we parked ourselves for the afternoon! Mr. Squash took the high perch - better to see and point out all the birds for me to watch!
When I wasn't bird watching or taking photos, I was reading these!
Below is the Piggyback plant - new plants grow on top of the older leaves. When I was in college, we used them as houseplants! They are also known as "Youth On Age" - also the name of the first area we stopped at that was quite crowded.
Here are Salmonberries. Once the berries ripen, they won't be around for long - deer and bear love them!
We love the wild strawberries below. If you're lucky enough to pick some before the animals do, they have a wonderful, sweet/tart flavor!
Here is the Fiddle Head Fern....a delicacy to many. Northwest chefs love to saute them (just the tops) - you pay a pretty price to eat them in a restaurant, yet you can pick them and cook them yourself for free! We saw some folks stop across the road while we were there and pick quite a lot!
In a couple of days I should be able to reveal a secret project! Stay tuned!