In the Siskiyou Mountains to the east there is still snow. Here in the flats, though — where the Smith flows about 200 feet above sea level and where the ocean breeze keeps chillier Arctic air at bay — we are already seeing temperatures in the 60s and even 70s.
There’s been little rain the past month and a half and the warmer air temperatures have meant slowly climbing river temps. Not great conditions for steelhead.
Yes, there are still fish to be had (Lucas holds a perch from the ocean, Jason hoists one of the Smith’s last steelhead) but most of the action now is taking place on the trails where wildflowers and their wet-paint colors are starting to show, and on nearby lanes and driveways, where both fruit trees and Magnolias are hitting their stride. Even the carnivorous Darlingtonia is green, moist and supple in these early weeks of spring.
And the bnb’s recently planted Maple, in the ground for just over a week, is starting to show some leafy green.
These are good times for wildflower freaks — and tonight and this weekend’s rain are sure to prompt a second wave of blooming.
If you are headed to the bnb over the next few months, think of walking Myrtle Creek Trail. This nearby mini-hike that has only a few redwoods but it is probably the best wildflower trail in the area.
This week’s species in bloom include Trillium (aka Western Wakerobin), Slink pods, Redwood sorrel and California poppy. And some tiny beauties in purple I’ll have to ask around to find out their name.
Cute canines, well, they can always be spotted on the local trails.