On October 27th, I celebrated my golden birthday! John had to work that day, so I decided to treat myself to a solo walk in nature. I planned on hiking Powell Butte, but when I woke up that Sunday morning, it was gray, cold, rainy, and windy. 😦 I was still happy regardless because it was my birthday, but I didn’t feel like driving that far in the rain. So, I decided to find somewhere closer to explore (I was still determined to spend time out in nature!) I remembered hearing about Graham Oaks Nature Park and decided to check it out. I enjoyed the morning inside, skyped with Silv and then, around 2pm, I saw the sun had emerged so I rushed to get out of the door A.S.A.P. in order to enjoy it. Here are some photos from my golden birthday at Graham Oaks.
This park is very green! Check out the green roof above the picnic shelter! It keeps the water clean, improves air quality, and provides a habitat for birds and butterflies.
This visit, I took the Tonquin Trail (from the Gateway Trailhead) -> Legacy Creek Trail -> Coyote Way -> Oak Woodland Walk -> Tonquin Trail.Leaves as big as my feet, I tell ya! My absolute favorite thing about the Pacific Northwest is the moss on the trees. I wasn’t kidding about the moss on the trees…it’s everywhere! So, funny story, I mistook this slug for cat poop! Once I got closer, I saw it moving and realized it was alive… I love this tree. And apparently, oak trees form this mushroom-like shape when their branches don’t have to compete for sunlight with neighboring trees.27 is my lucky number so I’m hoping this will be my lucky year! Here’s to many, many more!