oak's bottom

Spring seems like it's already here in Portland - the landscapers have returned and so have birds, flowers are blooming, and it was in the 60s this week! We went on another walk (I hate to call it a "hike", although technically it is in our hiking book...) at the wildlife refuge about 10 minutes from our apartment - Oak's Bottom. It's a marshy area that's separated from the Willamette River only by a railroad line (and bike path).

The trail was really nice, not at all muddy, and well-maintained. There were tons of people out, even though it was a weekday, and most of them had super cute dogs. We walked back from the trail on the Springwater Corridor, a bike and walking path that goes all the way from Portland to our favorite-named city in Oregon - Boring!

We're looking forward to spring - we went through all of our hiking books and marked lots of trails we want to check out. For now, we're sticking with the ones that say "easy" because even some of the "easy" ones aren't so easy for us! Luckily, there are lots of options nearby - Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, the coast, the gorge...