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It’s been an amazing and exhausting week following the death of my mother early Saturday morning. More about that on Daughter on Duty tomorrow. After three non-stop days with my sisters, today I went with the breath and took an adventure day. Paradise seemed a fitting destination. It doesn’t need many words, other than to say I think it’s been four decades since I was there when the snow came down to the parking lot. And that was on the Fourth of July.

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First stop: the DeGoede Bulb Farm in Mossyrock.

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Flutterby’s first trip to Paradise.

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The Inn, not open for business.

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I didn’t know I was going to traverse the snow…

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…but in my new boots, I went for it! Only broke through the crust a few times. Baskets on the poles would have been helpful.

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Glacial water heading for Narada Falls. Couldn’t see it; snow blocking the view.

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Christine Falls

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Skunk cabbage on Trail of Shadows, Longmire.

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From the porch at the National Inn, Longmire; with notebook and pen.

Back in Morton, where the mountain road meets the highway back to civilization, I followed this truck out of town. They provide equipment to hospice patients. The tears returned, the gratitude that my mother is free. That I am free. That I didn’t have to rush home for a visit to the Manor. I stopped for tulips in Mossyrock, along with a memorial hydrangea and my mother’s geraniums for the pots under her bedroom window that have held summer geraniums as long as I can remember.

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