April Fool’s Day had arrived. A well-deserved break in the non-stop rain (Portland set an all-time record for rain in March with 7 3/4 inches). An opportunity to spot migratory waterfowl and a few miles of hiking. It had all the makings of an interesting trip to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near the Columbia River. Closing my eyes, I thought about the rigors Lewis and Clark faced while camping there over 200 years ago.
Oh well – – – the best laid plans of mice and men. The rain came back in earnest as I parked at the trailhead. The water was so high that I ended up doing a pleasant, but rainy, two-mile loop hike. There were a few wildflowers scattered about, some small birds trying to stay dry, great blue herons hunting in the fields and a few ducks swimming in the ponds to round off the mix.