To celebrate the Gemini birthdays, including my own, we took a handful of friends into the woods where we could get rowdy and enjoy the company of each other without the distractions of the city. Ian, Matt, Will, Anthony, and Jessy followed us on a journey through the foothills north of Mt. Rainier as we searched for the perfect camp spot.
We made camp under some big old Hemlock trees, on the shores of the beautiful Huckleberry Creek. It was nice falling asleep to the flowing sounds of the water and waking up to the warm sun peeking though the trees.
Saturday afternoon we took the boys to Federation Forest, one of the unique land features on our trusty road atlas. We weren't disappointed. Miles of wandering trails showed the contrasts in nature that typify the state of Washington - from the dry eastern deserts to the lush western peninsula. Gardens in front of the center highlight edible and poisonous native plants and plants from six of the nine biosystems of this state.