It was time for Tom and I to get out for a destination walk. Rain was supposed to hold off for Sunday morning, so we planned to go to Cedar River Park in Renton and walk along the river, hoping to see spawning salmon.
When I saw on Facebook that Jill had a bad night without much sleep, I decided to invite the kids along. We loaded their bikes in the van, picked them up about 9:30 and were on our way.
So are there any salmon down there?
Yep. They are bright red because they are almost at the end of their lives. They will lay eggs in the gravel and then die.
To get to the river trail you go under the highway. Irene noticed that some one's party balloons had found a home under the overpass.
Irene likes to collect "nature". As you can see the big leaf maples along the trail are still green.
The kids rode ahead ahead then "rested" while we caught up. That allowed for walking at a fast pace. But when Irene tried to get fancy, Grandpa had to rescue her from the sticker bushes.
We stopped at an old railroad bridge over the river.
After over an mile and a half, we turned around and on the way back we took time to pick some blackberries for a snack. Isaac likes to pick them,
and Irene likes to eat them.
Back to the underpass and the park
We stopped to throw rocks in the river.
Don't hit the fish!
Irene found this fish print on the bank. She's sure that a bear came and got it.
We took the kids home and fed them lunch before taking them home to Jill, who used her time to go do some much-needed shopping, alone!
As they were eating lunch Irene said, "Grandma, I'm sure glad you're my grandma."