Camas Meadows

Blog for Camas Meadows Lodge™. Located on Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve outside of Leavenworth, Washington. All materials and photos copyrighted 2006-2017©

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wildflower Season

I was talking to the manager of Sun Mountain Lodge up in the Methow Valley about May in eastern Washington.  We both agreed that May was the best time to visit the east slope of the Cascades.  Yes, it is before school ends, but there is nothing like spring on the eastern slope.  Wildflowers, sunny skies, and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks.   For those that endured the grey skies of winter the warm sunshine is enough to lift anybodies spirits.

If you are unfortunate enough to only be able to visit Camas Meadows once a year May is the month to do it.  The elk are in the meadow.  Sandhill cranes probe the edge of Camas Creek searching for food.  Mallards hang around the temporary ponds.  Songbirds flit amount the ponderosa pines and fill the woods with song.  There is even a very special frog chorus every night at dusk.  After sunset, the stars fill the night sky.   After the long slumber of winter, Camas Meadows comes alive during May.

There is much to draw the eye at Camas Meadows, but it is the 135 species of wildflowers that provide the calender for the meadow as they change from Glacier Lily's to Balsam Arrowroot to the namesake of Camas Meadows and finishing up with the endangered species found only in the area around Camas Meadows the Checker-Mallow.

When you visit Camas Meadows the peace and contentment of the meadow soon becomes part of you.  When we first started, we had work days at the cabin.  But soon "Camas contentment" would overtake us and we retreated to the deck to watch the snow-capped peaks and wildflowers.  It really is a different world.

We have plenty of openings in May and June.  We are already booked for Memorial Day weekend.  Book now to catch the wildflowers of May and June.