At a recent paint out excursion in the Walla Walla area of Eastern Washington, we ventured into the Rooks Park area and hiked a ways to this lovely valley with distant views of the Blue Mountains of Oregon. It was a beautiful day, warm with slight breezes. Lupines were blooming at my feet along this idyllic path. They've had a mild and wet spring, leaving the area quite green. The cool shade of distant trees harkened. The area was lush with wildlife--we heard calls from wild pheasants and tracks left by deer. It's a hiking area treasured by the locals.