Wednesday, April 18, 2018

River Place Nature Trail Once Again

This week our hike was to River Place Nature Trail. Last time we were there was on my 50th birthday, almost 4 years ago.

We ended up at an entrance that was different than the last time we were there, because we couldn't find the entrance we had parked at before.

This trail is not for someone who's not in good physical shape, I'm assuming there have been a few who've gotten out there and figured that out...


There are numerous steps up and down throughout the trail....









We even explored some side trails off of the main trail, but we started to lose a path. We decided to head back to the main trail, because we didn't want to be those people that had to call for emergency help.

Once we got back on the main trail, it turned out we were at the opposite end of the trail that we had hiked when we were here before. We made it to the viewing area in a only couple of miles...


 



We decided to hike back and go to the bottom of the trail to hike a little more...



I wanted to be able to hike along Panther Creek....








 


It was a good workout hike. These are the kind of trails where you gain endurance.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Exploring Bull Creek

This week I decided I wanted to hike ALL of Bull Creek. In the past, we've only hiked one end of it.

One end of the trail begins at Bull Creek District Park and since we haven't been on that end but once, and it was at least 10 years ago, we decided to start our exploration there.

I noticed on the map there was a trail that ran along the opposite side of the creek than we usually hike, so that's where we began.

You first came up to a set of stairs that led you back into the "secret area"......


Once you were up the stairs it led down a path between the boulders to a "pool"....





Then, to get to the actual trail we had to climb over some boulders...



It was pretty smooth sailing for the first couple of miles. A lot of beautiful views...










We came across an old car that most likely had been washed down the creek from someones yard years ago. It was apparent it had been there awhile....



Here's where the real fun begins. We spent what seemed like 1/4 of a mile hugging the side of the bluff as we made our way down the "trail". It became apparent that a large section of the trail on this side of the creek was hugging the bluff. Angela, I couldn't help but think of you while I clung on for life...lol




Toby was expert at maneuvering the cliff side with ease, but I chose a more stable way by scooting along...





We finally came to a point where it was getting just too dangerous to keep going on that side. Plus, Toby said he spotted a snake traveling straight up the side of the bluff without even struggling. I'm not especially fearful of snakes, but I wasn't too crazy about being in a vulnerable position where I couldn't move out of its way, so we ended up having to cross the creek down the way a bit before we could find the trail on the other side....

 

We finally came upon our favorite swimming spot on the creek....




All the falls were so beautiful....




I always love this one, it reminds me of a grotto...


The turtles were enjoying the sunshine. We laughed at the one sprawled out....


We came upon the bluff on the other side, but luckily this time we only had to walk under the shelf of it. It was absolutely beautiful with all the algae, trickling water and rock formations...






They look like faces on the side of the cliff....



Some other sights along the way....








Here's a map of our route...

It was an equally exciting an scary hike. I really enjoyed this hike.