A hike into Van Trump Park rewards one with a continuous array of
something new, interesting -- and different! But rarely is it found
as beautiful as it was a few days ago. In the dense forest, just beyond
the trail's beginning at the Christine falls bridge, Canadian Dogwood,
Alpine Beauty and the Coral Root - that pale pink saprophyte - were
present in abundance.
Many other plants, too, vied for our attention, among them the
Columbine, large clusters of Mertensia, Sweet-After-Death and Trillium.
Then as the wooded slopes gave way to the rock slides the air was
pierced with a peculiar, nasal "EEAK!" Closer examination revealed an
interesting little animal. About the size of a large rat with little
rat-like ears but with a face like a rabbit, he made an interesting
study. He is a weird little fellow and we know him as the Cony or Rock
At the higher elevations the large beds of white Avalanche Lilies were
brightened by bright red patches of Heather or, here and there, a few
early Indian Paintbrushes. But the high spot of the trip was found
just before these alpine meadows were reached. There one instinctively
stands in admiration of Comet Falls, one of nature's masterpieces, as
its waters plunge over its sheer precipice more than 300 feet high.
Then with the beauty of Comet Falls still fresh in our mind we climbed
higher to Mildred Point, overlooking the deep canyon below where the
entire length of the Kautz Glacier can be seen as it winds down from the
frigid slopes of "The Mountain" high above. And then, as though this
view was insufficient to satisfy us the snowy volcanic peaks to the
south - Adams and St. Helens glistened in the sunlight.
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