Marquam Nature Park in the Heat

I’ve been here before.  We’ve all been here before.  Running out of new spots nearby, I revisited an old track and tried to focus differently, to see new pleasures in familiar spaces.  The dry conditions certainly did their part to give me a different perspective.  Marquam Nature Park is a sizeable greenspace in the hills of Southwest Portland, and I find it a great unsung spot to head outdoors.

As documented on this site, I have hiked from the part to the heights of Council Crest multiple times, but as it was quite warm this go around, I decided to make a loop lower in the trees, expending modest amounts of energy.  It was a pleasant way to spend forty five minutes.  I was surprised to see leaves already changing color, as well as creek beds completely dry.  For a Sunday, few people seemed to be out compared to the crowds I’d seen recently at the Arboretum or in Forest Park.   It’s nice to hike on a sunny day, and I know it’s August, but I hope we get some real precipitation soon.  It’s disconcerting to see our world seemingly drying up.  This too shall pass.  It better.

About Josh Baker

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir

Posted on August 12, 2015, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Weather and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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