It’s hump day again and this week it strikes me as very unfair that camels get all the attention on Wednesdays. Why do we give all the glory to camels when we have a humpbacked creature right here in our rivers?
Sunday, Don and I took Smarty to the Sultan Osprey Park. While we didn’t see any osprey, we saw lots of pink, or humpback, salmon. The river was absolutely full of these humpbacked fish trying to fight their way upstream.
Those aren’t rocks in the river, they’re humpies!
And the riverbank was full of dead ones. As you can imagine, it didn’t smell so great by the river’s edge.
After taking a few photos of the humpies, I can actually see why there are more camel photos on hump day. Humpies are not very photogenic.
And neither was the town of Sultan, at least not any of the places we went. I was hoping to find some good mountain viewpoints but only saw the mountains peeking out of scenes like this:
The Osprey Park, although lacking in photo subjects and osprey, was very pretty and peaceful. We walked along the outer loop trail, which is probably about a mile long and passes by a pond with ducks and several points along the river.
The forest was so beautiful with the sunlight streaming down through the leaves. Being out there in the fresh air and the quiet, with only the sounds of the river rushing along the rocks and the leaves dancing in the breeze made me very homesick. I grew up on the banks of the Skagit River and I spent most of my free time wandering along the river bank, up and down a nearby creek, or just trailblazing through the woods. I really miss being able to wander for miles and miles without seeing another person.
The part of the Skagit I grew up on was really deep and cloudy-green so I never saw fish like we saw on Sunday. I was amazed by how many there were. Hundreds, in just a small area. And to think they’ve been travelling for months already. They must be so tired! It’s probably a good thing I didn’t live along a smaller river like the Sultan. I would have spent all my free time out in the river trying to help the humpies up the rapids. Watching them swim up and then get swept back made me want to wade out there to give them a boost!