Pictures: Coal Creek Falls, Cougar Mountain, and Mine Creek, Snoqualmie River Middle Fork

This morning I took a short trip to Coal Creek Falls on Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, and then proceeded to extend the morning trip to Snoqualmie River’s Middle Fork area, which is about 34 miles outside of Seattle.

It was very enjoyable, albeit the rain was persistent. I was joined by Justine Chan, poet and friend extraordinaire, who was on the recent trip to Nevada back in December.

Part One: Coal Creek Falls

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A lovely albeit disturbing warning sign regarding nearby collapsible ground.
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Like much of the PNW, ferns abound on Cougar Mountain.
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Coal Creek FallsĀ 1
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Coal Creek Falls 2 ft. Justine
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Coal Creek Falls 3
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Coal Creek Falls 4
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Coal Creek Falls 5 ft. Justine
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Coal Creek Falls 6
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Coal Creek Falls 7
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Coal Creek Falls 8
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Coal Creek Falls 9
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Coal Creek Falls 10
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Boot Scrape

Part Two: Mine Creek

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The Haunting Moss at Snoqualmie River
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More very green and very haunting moss
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Justine at the Mine Creek trail maze
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Dead trees provide plenty of space for new life in a forest with so much rain
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A recently fallen tree and a very defiled bathroom
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Eyes on the room
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Gray and green, green and gray
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A flourish of moss-covered branches fallen
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Absolutely nowhere else in the world will you find such hairy beauty
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Positively dripping in this drizzle
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Justine inadvertently posing for scale
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An almost purple tint to the growth of this forest
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Brilliantly dynamic within the haze of the rain
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A giant, raging stream of gray: the Snoqualmie River
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The river was very high, which we expected
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Another pose, this time in front of this raging river
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I assumed these mushrooms grew when the water was lower, which makes me wonder of their underwater capabilities (resilience)
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More ‘shrooms. More water.
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Rapids crashing as visual as audtiory
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Despite the roar and the energy, there was a certain peace with the standing evergreens
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Primary colors
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Not sure what I find so curious about this image . . . I do have the urge to Photoshop some kind of river monster in it though.
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Like tendrils those branches!
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As hairy as wet. Truly grotesque when examined.
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Or perhaps not grotesque, but enchanting.
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When circling back around on the trail, we took the road back, on foot. These potholes were everywhere. Not exactly sure how they manage to be so prevalent on a relatively well-traveled road.

Bonus: Justine’s pictures of me!

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That raging Coal Creek Waterfall!
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A good iPhone shot of me amidst the field of potholes.

Overall it was a fantastically wet and muddy adventure of a morning. I hope to explore more of these locales as the winter progresses.