Weekend guided hike in Forest Park

Last Saturday, the kids and I joined a small group of folks for a guided hike in Forest Park, led by Marcy Houle, author of One City’s Wilderness: Portland’s Forest Park. She was a bona fide expert on this park – sharing so much about its history and features. The walk was put on by the Forest Park Conservancy (check here for upcoming hike opportunities). We started on Firelane 7 at the Springville Road parking area, then took the Trillium Trail to the Wildwood Trail. My daughter got tired and fussy, so while the rest of the group continued on, we cut back early via the Oil Lane Road trail back to Firelane 7. We had a good time, but we were definitely tired by the end. Enjoy the photos!

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Witch’s Butter fungus:IMG_4728 IMG_4729

I often fall behind to take photos.IMG_4731 IMG_4732

Xylaria hypoxylon (stag’s horn fungus):

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Marcy reading from One City’s Wilderness:IMG_4737 IMG_4738 IMG_4740 IMG_4741 IMG_4742 IMG_4743 IMG_4746 IMG_4747 IMG_4748

We came across this and another stick fort:IMG_4749 IMG_4750 IMG_4752 IMG_4754

My daughter conked out on my back:IMG_4757 IMG_4758 IMG_4759 IMG_4762 IMG_4763

And a banana slug:IMG_4764

Warming up in the car before driving home:IMG_4766

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