When I first moved to the Upper Left USA three years ago, I made a list of places to explore. A bucket list of suggestions from friends, gorgeous photos of places I'd seen in magazines and dreamt about, and sometimes random spots on the map. Today I checked off the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, a beautiful spot only 35 minutes from home in Woodland, Washington. The mill was built in 1876 and is the only grain grinding mill in the state that is powered by water, has maintained its original structural integrity and grinds with stones. Not only is the mill nice to look at, the creek and surrounding areas are perfect for a photog in need of quiet time.
If you take a walk across the bridge, there's a gorgeous stretch of water
with lots of lichen and moss-covered rock alongside -- perfect to plunk down for a while with a good book.
Best sound, especially when it's the only one around.
Here's a look at the only other folks I ran into during my stay.
This old guy followed me around from rock to rock, and it made my day.
The walk back didn't disappoint, either.
Drove straight into the sunshine on my way home after a peaceful day.
Can't wait to come back and catch the fall colors!