We are still a week or more away from peak fall color and this year seems to be a tad muted. Some professional reports suggest that a less vibrant display is likely due to our dry May and June. None-the-less we have a nice display coming into “bloom.”
This latest batch of sunny and warm weather has produced a golden opportunity to walk through the many parks and along the scores of local trails and soak up the autumn beauty of Vancouver USA.
The ‘Original’ Vancouver has a wonderful mix of evergreens and deciduous trees and the vibrant autumn hues contrast so well against the dark evergreens. Fall is so gorgeous but unlike spring, it is a bit fleeting with a two-four week period of glorious display before we plunge into the darkness of late autumn and winter.
My wife and I took a peak at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill about 20-30 minutes north of the America’s Vancouver on Sunday. That is a wonderful little treasure we have here in Clark County, isn’t it? It was built in 1875 and is run by volunteers today still operating as it did in the 19th century. They grind flour and corn or press fruit to make cider using the power of water flowing in Cedar Creek. I encourage any and all that have yet to visit this charming place, do so and if you can, check it out this weekend or next where the fall color should be at or near peak.
I also took a walk in Moulton Falls Park near Yacolt last week and the color is starting to pop there as well. We are so very lucky here in Vancouver with a nice city vibe locally and the rest of Clark County at our doorstep!
Another fabulous fall color opportunity lies just east in the Columbia River Gorge.
Ah the ‘Couv’ Life; it is good.