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Hiking for Wildflowers
I went on two hikes with friends this week, both destinations were to enjoy spring wildflowers. The easier hike was along the Metolius River. The day was cloudy, but we were very lucky: no rain! I live in the high desert, but this hike is in the... Read more
Ochoco Mountain Wildflower Hike
My friend H & I hiked the Steins Pillar trail in the Ochoco Mountains (Central Oregon). Hike was about 4.8 miles, with lots of up and down. We started out in the green lush forest. The arnica were blooming, with yellow flowers and heart shaped l... Read more
Hiking Rivers and Mountains (well, hill anyway!)
I enjoyed a couple of nice hikes along the river with my friend Abby. She asked if I ever hiked at a slower pace, and said YES enthusiastically!
We hiked along the Deschutes River from Eagle Crest resort. The baby goslings were on the manic... Read more
Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers, grandmothers, and loving children!
I was blessed to have a loving caring mother (and father). Miss you, mom! So lucky to have had you in my life. You were a brightly shining light for all of us.
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Otter Bench Hike: Canyon views and wildflowers
Yesterday I hiked the Otter Bench trail (about 7 miles, with lots of gentle up and down elevation) with 2 friends. We had glorious weather. The first mile of the trail was through the typical high desert landscape -- sandy soil, rocks and lichen... Read more
Tumalo Creek Hike: Cliff walls, boulders and stream
I hiked yesterday with my friend H along the Tumalo Creek hike. We have not hiked this trail for several years, and we both really enjoyed it. The loop trail is only about 3 miles, but it took us 2 hours to complete the hike, because it is so di... Read more
Hiking the River Trail
I enjoyed hiking the Deschutes River trail today and Wednesday. My friend H and I hiked two different sections of the trail. Each day was about 5 miles, relatively level (but at the end of each hike, her FitBit said we had climbed over 40 flight... Read more
Hiking Whychus Creek Preserve
Yesterday I hiked in Whychus Creek Preserve with my nephew Stephen. It was a glorious spring day, and I enjoyed the canyon loop hike (approximately 5 miles). Hiking along the the canyon rim and on our descent, we enjoyed views down the canyon, a... Read more
Osprey, Manzanita, and Red Rocks along the River
I hike a loop trail along the Deschutes river with my friend H; trail is about 5 miles, and I was GLAD to not be hiking with any of my fast paced friends! H and I hike at a good pace, but we like to enjoy the beauty around us.
We passed lar... Read more
Nice hikes, and Wool Arts Festival
Happy Easter! I enjoyed a nice Easter service; music was great, and the congregation and pastor were very warm and welcoming.
I went on 3 hikes last week. On Tuesday, we hiked along the river and my friend took me off the trail, to an area ... Read more
Very Nice Birthday. Now -- Stop the Sweets!
I had a very nice birthday celebration. On Saturday, my friend Pat hosted a nice birthday party for my friend and me (friend had a birthday a few days before). We enjoyed veggie lasagne, roasted vegetables, salad, and of course -- birthday cake.... Read more
Two Challenging Hikes
This week, I went on two challenging hikes with faster hikers. (plus one easy relaxed hike on my own -- what a relief to go at my own pace!!)
The first hike was a loop hike in the Badlands area of Central Oregon. We thought the hike would b... Read more
Visit to Spring! and a sad loss
I drove to Eugene and Portland for a conference this weekend, It was a total change in climate! Here in Central Oregon it is still winter; in the Willamette Valley (over the mountains) spring was flourishing. Green, lush, and flowers blooming ev... Read more
Hiking the Summit Trail at Smith Rock!
On Friday, I followed up on my challenge to myself to try harder hikes with faster hiking friends. So I went with two friends that I know were faster hikers out to Smith Rock to hike the Summit trail, which is a longer trail (7.5 miles) with mor... Read more
Hiking Steelhead Falls Trail
Today I hiked Steelhead Falls trail with 2 friends and a dog. It was a beautiful day! There were lots of clouds, but we escaped the rain. We hiked down the canyon
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