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It was a sunny, almost spring-like day. I drove to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for an opportunity to spot migratory waterfowl and a few miles of hiking.
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 very close. I did sneak relatively near to a great blue heron.
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.
I was surprised to see a few small yellow stream violets in bloom. I think this is my first year ever spotting wildflowers blooming on both sides of the Cascade Mountains before February. Amazing!