* WIND... SOUTH 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS... TACOMA, SEATTLE, EVERETT, BREMERTON, AND SHELTON.
* IMPACTS... WINDS OF THIS STRENGTH CAN BREAK BRANCHES OFF OF TREES... TOPPLE WEAKENED TREES AND PRODUCE LOCAL POWER OUTAGES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
When the leaders of our senior center walks saw this forecast, they quickly found a substitute for our planned hike through wooded areas of Seattle. Nobody wanted to risk walking beneath swaying trees or riding in the 14-person, high-profile van through high winds! Instead, we traveled a short distance and hiked 4.5 miles through the Green River Natural Area near Auburn. The spring foliage was beautiful on this cool, cloudy day.
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About halfway through our hike, the wind picked up and a loud
A little farther along we smelled a skunk... or was it? Nope, the pungent scent actually came from skunk cabbage in bloom. Officially, it's Symplocarpus foetidus, and I can definitely understand why "fetid" is part of its name!
Salmonberry bushes (Rubus spectabilis), trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), and bleeding hearts (Dicenta formosa) are sending out their first blooms, and fern fronds are unfurling.
Streams and bogs line much of the trail.
|More skunk cabbage!|
We stopped for lunch at a little park alongside the Green River. The wooden poles are hitching posts for horses, which share this trail.
Pretty pinkish-purple wildflowers covered the field, but they didn't come close to the beauty of Texas's bluebonnets!
On the way back to the van KRAAACK!! echoed through the forest three more times, followed by loud whooshes. More trees down. We were all relieved when we'd decided to change our route from the dense forest trails to the access road and that we hadn't ventured into Seattle, where the winds were even stronger.
Back in Auburn, we stopped at Trotter's Restaurant. Over ice cream treats (I had a root beer float) we celebrated another fun hike in Western Washington.
More Info: Green River Natural Area
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