Concrete skies, a cool breeze, an opportunity to spot migratory waterfowl and a few miles of hiking – – – the day had all the makings of a pleasant outing.
After crossing an arched foot bridge above a set of railroad tracks, I headed west. I could see tundra swans in the distance but was unable to get close.
After returning to the area near the trailhead, I walked north to a cedar plankhouse built in 2005 as a representative of the 14 plankhouses observed by Lewis & Clark in a nearby Indian village. This was the beginning of the Oaks to Wetlands Trail, a well-marked path passing several lakes.
Eventually the Trail emerged on a butte overlooking much of the area. The reflection of the trees in the small lake was enhanced by the sun breaking through the clouds.