While many of our friends in other parts of the country are enduring a deep freeze, we’ve been having one of the calmest winters in memory here in the Pacific Northwest. A friend of mine who is a kite boarder has been totally bummed by the lack of wind. So bummed, he spent the las three weeks in Florida rippin’ up the warm surf.The other day, Gwen, the pups, and I headed to the finger lake above a dam called Baker on a perfect day. Originally, there was likely a spectacularly braided turquoise river that wound through this wide valley. This guess is educated based on the river that feeds this man-made monster.Constructed in 1959, the dam raised the existing water level by hundreds of feet, to harness the power generated by all that gravity force. Miles of old-growth timber was harvested to make way for progress. Might as well since they would have just drowned anyway.These are some of the hugest trees I’ve ever seen short of the sequoias and redwoods of Northern California, and many are thousands of years old. That’s as in pre change-over to the Gregorian calendar. Wrap your mind around that! Forget “if walls could talk”…these creatures are truly “ent-like.”Make no mistake about it, this is deep, dank rainforest. Aside from the trail itself, you cannot find actual ground anywhere as there is a matrix of fern, downed logs, moss, and super-duff that seems to pile up as fast as it decomposes.Not 100 yards from the trail for most of the trail is the beach. The fake beach, yes, but a sunny mildly warm, somewhat sandy beach nonetheless. Yeah, this will work for January!Wildcat tracks topped off the whole shebang.So sorry Mid-West and North-East! But don’t worry, you will get your revenge in May.