It was Brian’s birthday, when we took a half-day, half-night hike in Washington’s Wallace Falls State Park. We did not quite make it to the most impressive Middle Falls, we started so late in the day, but we greatly enjoyed the textures of the forest in the evening light.
Along the way, a couple groups of high school kids were just running up and down the trails, maybe sports teams in training. The trail is nicely maintained but a bit bumpy, so I am not sure how they were running! They encouraged us to go farther, but they also weren’t stopping to take pictures or enjoy the view :)
We stayed near our turning point to enjoy the sunset, paying for it later by hiking out with our lights on. It was slightly spooky and increasingly adventurous, the main trail was harder to pick out from other paths as it got darker, and darker — something I won’t forget and won’t repeat ;)
A sign at the main trail head quoted W. Wordsworth: “Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” Click on the photo below to open them in a larger slideshow.