Rainforest reminder

After a somewhat worryingly lengthy dry spell, the weather has taken a turn for the expected the past few days, and reminded us we do live in a rainforest. Temperatures have gone down, hoods have gone up, and relatively normal meteorological service has resumed.

Definitely damp

Scout can usually be relied on to jump up and be first out of the door if a walk is mentioned, but she was decidedly less enthusiastic this week as she heard the rain bouncing on the roof. In fairness, it was quite loud, and her ears are quite large. Fortunately, her curiosity always gets the better of her, or at least a fear of missing out on potential hiking snacks, and her mood always improves after the first few steps. Or bits of kibble. I find I’m the same, although I haven’t tried the kibble.


The forest smells right, with a return to wet and mulchy rather than dry and dusty, and to my eyes the greens are greener. I’ve missed the pattering of rain on leaf and raincoat, and although there’s much to enjoy hiking in the dry, it’s nice the temperatures have dropped a bit. It all feels a bit more alive somehow.

Not so gentle patter

The forecast is for a fair amount of rain the next two weeks, and we have definitely entered rain season, so let’s see how far our early enthusiasm goes. Will it be dampened? Probably not, as long as Scout can endure the indignity of towel drying each time we get home. I do assure her it’s laughing with and not at her, but she remains unconvinced…

“You said you wouldn’t share this one…”

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Seasonal greens
“Large ears? Me? Not a problem, other than I can hear him when he thinks he’s being funny…”

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

11 thoughts on “Rainforest reminder”

  1. I visited the west coast once when it was raining heavily, even for them. I was impressed by the large variety of rain gear, often fashionable as well as practical, which is often hard to find on the prairies. This is where my mind went after seeing your photos. I remember cedar that was so moist it looked like velvet. I felt relief for you and your lands, seeing something more normal for your climate zone. Lush and green. Those photos of Scout are adorable.

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  2. Ah, that wonderful rainforest green, absorbing what it needs to sustain its place, rather like that blanket on poor Scout’s suspicions. So, enjoy it for a while, at least. A lot of the drying continent (and the world) must envy the rainforest health.


    1. You’re so right, Walt, about the wonderful rainforest green, and we do appreciate where we are and how it is compared to other places. Looks like there might have been a small Amazon rainforest victory earlier this week. I think we’re rearranging deck chairs as the ship goes down, but let’s aim for optimism…
      Hope all is well with you!


  3. Enjoyed all the wonderful greens, captions and photos, especially those fabulous shots and ears of Scout!! I would think Scout would try to hide under a towel or blanket to avoid that “not so gentle patter” of rain that you have. Harper intensely dislikes the towel routine and I’m afraid she’s going to hurt herself when she zooms out of the towel when we’re done. Glad to see we’re back to normal with the right team scoring three goals this weekend and I hope Scout gets extra hiking snacks during the rainy season!!


    1. We aim for the lulls between storms, although Scout and I differ as to what constitutes a lull…
      Good result for Spurs. Everton didn’t lose, so normal service is yet to be restored!


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