Friday, April 8, 2016

A day in the primordial forest.

One of the lovely things about this area is the immediacy of nature even in the presence of a medium sized city. Just 15 minutes or so from the hustle and bustle of main street Vernon is a little regional park that contains a stretch of BX Creek and the mighty BX Falls. This time of year, with the snow pack melting under the hot spring sun, all the creeks, rivers and waterbodies are full to overflowing. 

The Daughter is not feeling very well these day ... morning sickness during her first trimester of pregnancy ... and as I was in town on errands, I took her for a little stroll in the cool cedar forest for fresh air.

Spring run on BX Creek, rushing and tumbling down the mountain.

Lichen and moss.
She has a particular affinity for garter snakes, and look what we found on the trail above the falls:

The Daughter found this little fellow on the trail. When she picked it up,
the garter snake immediately curled up around her finger, seeking warmth.

There you go, warmed up and ready for the day.

We didn't get to the falls themselves today. We came in on the east end, and there are a long, long series of very steep steps to the bottom. My left knee hates me right now, and she just wasn't up to it, so we enjoyed the view through the cedar boughs from above and listened to the roar of the water.

Maybe another day, we'll go in from the west, walking upstream. There's always another day.

Do a little Google search on BX Falls Vernon - you'll see how lovely they are.


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