As I was starting my morning Walk at Home session (the Leslie Sansone DVDs) I happened to look out the window and noticed that it was shaping up to be a beautiful day. I was wondering where I would take my outside walk when I remembered that it is Dad's birthday next week and he likes to do "together" things for his birthday. So I paused the DVD (I was only a few seconds into it anyway) and called him to see if he and Mom wanted to go out somewhere for a nice walk. He pulled out his handy dandy Volkssport flyer for the month (he and mom like to do a lot of the Volksmarch events in the area) and found that they were doing a 5/10K event at the Weyerhouser campus which is fairly close to where I live. He checked with Mom and she agreed, so they said they would head my way after breakfast and off we would go. I finished my Walk at Home (a 3 mile, a 1 mile Gentle Walk with Aunt Bonnie-that's another story-and a 1 mile Super Walk because she wanted to watch me do it and see how difficult that would be for her), had breakfast and waited for Mom and Dad.
When they arrived, we drove on over to the Weyerhouser corporate center and found the check in point for the walk. The walk took us through some wooded area with well defined trails and over to the Bonsai Garden. Part of the route actually went through the Bonsai Garden displays and we enjoyed that. I've meant to go see the Bonsai Garden some time, but have just never done it despite it being so close to home. My loss. It was really nice.
Here's one of the many beautiful displays.
And here's another
After the Bonsai Garden the route wound through the Rhododendron Species Garden, which was lovely despite the fact that the rhodies aren't in bloom just now. Well, one was, but it was just one little spray of sad looking yellow flowers. I'm going to HAVE to go back next year during bloom time. The rhodies aren't the only plants in the garden, though. There are LOTS of different kinds of trees, small ground cover, and a few flowers still in bloom (and even being pollinated - see)
There was a pond with some pretty landscaping, a gazebo with benches where you can sit and look out over some of the greenery and and greenhouse building with a rock garden, waterfall and several other plants.
As we left the garden areas I got a good chuckle at the site of a tree being moved. Maybe you'll see the humor in it too:
The route continued to wind through several trails, with twists and turns on the way. The Weyerhouser campus sits in the corner of land bounded by Interstate 5 and Hwy 18. Although we rarely saw the traffic, at times the almost ocean-like sound of the cars and trucks constantly moving by created its own sound atmosphere. In other places it was difficult to hear the traffic even if you tried to listen for it. They have done a good job of making this plot of land into a nature preserve of sorts. Here's one of the travelers in among the trees.
After a good bit of woods walking the trail suddenly opened on a meadow area and the lake at the back of the headquarters building. It is quite a lovely view, although the picture can't quite do justice to it.
Eventually we worked our way back around to the parking and sign in/out area. Mom hadn't slept well and had creaky hips today, so we did the 5K instead of the 10K, which would have taken us through more of the trails. It wasn't quite the cardio walk I normally do in the neighborhood around home, but it didn't have to be. We still kept a pretty good pace except where got distracted in the gardens and Mom didn't want to push it any faster because she was hurting a bit. We completed the whole walk in just shy of 1.5 hrs. All in all, it was a very good walk and I had a good time out with my parents.
Here's us at the end of the walk.
I hope you've enjoyed sharing a bit of my day.