little brother knows his skunk cabbages, likes riding his bike all the way around Green Lake and also eats his Twinkies corn cob-style

Little Brother, who’s still a shade under three years old, made me proud the weekend before last on a boggy forest trail someplace quiet on the Oregon coast when he very eruditely pointed out the presence of skunk cabbage to the walking party, hahaha! No doubt this was owed to the lovely-long traipse he and I took along the Sauk River a couple weeks ago when we observed this member of the Calla-lily family growing out of seemingly everywhere bearing mud. I gathered up the boys for another day-trip to Darrington on Saturday to walk a different path along the Sauk. It was a taxing Spring Break with their mother out of town the entire past week and three wood sprites (Rufus Sandwich, Roger Woodchip and Cedar Cobble-Tot) lost themselves in Western Trillium and False Lily of the Valley. I wowed the boys with left-over Easter chocolate and wood-smoked cheese carved with a camp knife. As usual, Adam (Rufus Sandwich) and Oliver Fern (the indomitable Cedar Cobble-Tot) engaged each other in daring calisthenics over a variety of rugged forest terrain. Oliver Fern is getting more and more courageous: Lucky for him the luxurious mat of foot-deep moss and forest detritus that cushioned several falls from grand nurse log bridges! He equaled his long-walk best of four miles and fell asleep in the car shortly after the always-incredible lofty views of Whitehorse Mountain. I was glad I had the foresight to bring his pajamas with us for the ride home.

The Green Lake reference is from a couple nights ago, when the boys rode their bikes (i hobbled) around the 2.8 mile inner path of Seattle’s most popular urban lake. Before completing the final quarter mile of our journey we treated ourselves to smooshed Hostess Twinkies atop the Pavilion (we treated ourselves to the rest of the Twinkies on Saturday). This little patch of skunk cabbage is from Oliver’s visit to the Sauk a couple weekends ago. I’ve found truly humongous specimens of skunk cabbage in the Arboretum. Did you know this skunky-smelling plant releases different odors at different temperatures in order to attract pollinators who run in different crowds?

2 thoughts on “little brother knows his skunk cabbages, likes riding his bike all the way around Green Lake and also eats his Twinkies corn cob-style

  1. Your parenting skills are soaring! If you can raise a boy to identify skunk cabbage, he is on his way to success! Plus the bike riding, forest romps, mud and all….you are building memories and showing the boys how to find happiness.

    • Hahaha! Thanks for the vote of confidence, Valarie! Being a single parent for five measly days was a certain kind of updated reality check for me. But then again, the long, rewarding day on the Sauk with the boys put everything in perspective.

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