Friday, October 28, 2011

Breitenbush Gorge- Amazing fall color

It was the true beginning of fall, too cold for dabbling, a bit cloudy, but a great day for a hike. We headed to Breitenbush Gorge which is public land near a private hot springs. It was a glorious fall day as we headed down the trail to the water.

The beginning of the hike had a serious of fun bridges to cross as we enjoyed the yellows, reds, and orange hues of the leaves above and below our feet.

The old growth forest was amazing with moss, nurse logs, and plenty of mushrooms.

We enjoyed gazing down at the "raging river" below us, which led to that difficult question from Amy, "Do bridges rage?", after asking this she laughs hysterically at whatever answer we choose to give her.

She spent some time riding on my back and some time bounding down the trail. These days, when she is riding on my back she really enjoys keeping track of my hat.

We took time to savor the gorge at a high point. My friend Sarah pointed out that I had told her the trail was flat. Apparently she wasn't buying it.

We made a bridge over a creek our turn around point and got to enjoy the trail a second time on the way back. The great thing about fall hiking is that it is not about the destination. There is a lot of meandering and focusing on the smaller beauties of the forest rather than the expansive high country.

One particular orange mushroom really stood out because of its color.

We enjoyed gazing up at the tall trees. It is such a gift to be among these giants.

Once again, we enjoyed the bridges and being closer to the water before heading up to the car and saying goodbye to this beautiful old growth forest. Just breathing in this fresh fall air is so refreshing to my spirit. I hope for a few more forest hikes before the snowshoe adventures begin!

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