Washington State is enjoying San Diego-like weather. This has been particularly true above the lowlands where cold air tends to settle. On Monday, Bob and I investigated a debris flow which entailed making our way up a steep drainage to a ridge summit at 2,800 feet. It was a very steep climb.
During a short break we found ourselves in a small cloud of mosquitos at 2,000 feet. Just below the summit ridge we came across this woolly bear caterpillar.
Busted myths aside, seeing a caterpillar at 2,800 feet in January where normally there would be snow is rather remarkable.
Another side effect of the warm weather is how thirsty I became from sweating heavily in January without carting a bottle of water.