The Steller's Jay holds a lot of significance and meaning for
us. We were always told that it was our great grandma's favorite
bird. After she passed away in December 2008, we started to
notice Steller's Jays more often. At first, they would just
appear in our front yard. Years later, however, we noticed them
on most of our hikes throughout Washington state.
In one instance, there was a single Steller's Jay watching us on
the snowy shores of the frozen solid Reflection Lake at Mount
Rainier. On another, we hiked the Wonderland Trail from Carter
Falls to Narada Falls and stopped along the trail for lunch.
There, a Steller's Jay made itself known before flying away. On
yet another hike, Chase saw one in the parking lot for Sol Duc
Falls at Olympic National Park while walking to the trailhead.
It wasn't just Washington either. Chase also noticed a Steller's
Jay while hiking the Adams Canyon Trail in Layton, Utah. It
popped out of the trees right in front of him before flying
These are just a few examples of our many encounters with
Steller's Jays in recent years. Every time we see one, it
reminds us of our great grandma, and that perhaps she is
watching over us.