|Walking amongst the old growth timber on Cottage Creeks Inn's Nature trail will provide you with an oasis of Calm, with sitting areas thoughtfully created for a quiet little romantic spot tucked in the woods; or a place to rest and listen to the sounds of nature. No ringing phones, and no computer sounds of "you got mail" will interrupt the quiet rustling of the leaves.....only the song of the birds or the chatter of the squirrels to refresh your spirit.|
The moss cougar topiary sits high on a big boulder to the left as you proceed up the nature trail past the Two Chair Area complete with a small table for a beverage and snack, and a open-pit fireplace made of large rocks. If you are standing on the hill to the right of the cougar and the large boulder, and IF the sky is free of clouds, you can see Mount Rainier in the distance.
Further up the trail, you will find what we call the Den of the Three Bears, a place to Think of our yesterdays and todays, and plan and dream about our tomorrow's. Someone once said, "without a plan, the vision fails," and without our dreams, we have no plans. The cedar black mama and baby bear sitting on the stump, and the "Thinker" Bear posed in a thinking position, were created by Steve's cousin, Don Etue, a well-known Washington Chain Saw Artist. After the purchase of the bears, and visiting a chain saw competition and festival, Steve was inspired to design and carve the cedar bench and create our third sitting area among the tall trees. It is a pleasure to share the whimsical charm of the 3 bears and enjoy the quiet serenity of their living space. After the purchase of The "Thinker Bear" We found the following poem by Berton Braley entitled, "The Thinker". We love it and pass it on to you!
Back of the Beating hammer
By which the steel is wrought,
Back of the workshop's clamor
The seeker may find the Thought--
The Thought that is ever master
Of iron and Steam and Steel,
That rises above disaster
And tramples it under heel!
The drudge may fret and tinker
Or labor with lusty blows,
But back of him stands the Thinker,
The clear-eyed man who knows;
For into each plow or saber,
Each piece and part and whole,
Must go the Brains of Labor,
Which gives the work a soul!
Back of the motors humming,
Back of the bells that sing,
Back of the hummers drumming,
Back of the cranes that swing,
There is the eye which scans them,
Watching through stress and strain,
There is the Mind which plans them-
Back of the brawn, the Brain!
Might of the roaring boiler,
Force of the engine's thrust,
Strength of the sweating toiler-
Greatly in these we trust.
But back of them stands the Schemer,
The Thinker who drives things through;
Back of the Job-The Dreamer,
Who's making the dream come true!
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