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Canyon Creek Meadow Hike
Wednesday, July 19, 2017      7 comments

Yesterday I hiked a loop trail in the Three Fingered Jack wilderness area (Central Oregon Cascades) with my friend Jean. It was a beautiful hike! And the wildflowers were just starting their magnificent displays of blooms in lower Canyon Creek M... Read more
Oregon Coast
Friday, July 14, 2017      11 comments

I had a great mini-vacation at the Oregon coast. We stayed in the small town of Yachats. The weather was ideal (60s - 70s) and a welcome change from the heat wave here in the high desert. I enjoyed hiking a Cape Perpetua, we visited the tide poo... Read more
Hot weather Hike, and Visitors!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017      6 comments

My friends Beth and Bruce visited, and to be honest getting enough exercise was a challenge. Bruce and I usually hike; but the hot temperatures were not very conducive to exercise. My guests mostly wanted to stay indoors where it was cooler. But... Read more
New Adventure!
Saturday, July 01, 2017      11 comments

I invited Jeanni and Pat to join me on a new adventure hike, to a cave in the desert. It WAS a real adventure! The directions I had were not good; we never found the trail to the cave or the side road that led to the trail. BUT WE FOUND THE CAVE... Read more
Weekend Camping
Tuesday, June 27, 2017      9 comments

This past weekend, I was camping in the Ochoco Mountains. It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed the hiking, meeting new people (about 40 attended), learning about the history of the area, and singing around the campfire. I led a 8 mile hike. My c... Read more
Ochoco Mountain Wildflowers
Thursday, June 22, 2017      9 comments

I hiked a difficult but beautiful trail in the Ochoco Mountains today (difficult for me, that is!) -- about 9.4 miles and 1550 foot elevation gain. My friend Micki who planned to hike with me was unable to come -- she broke her ankle and had sur... Read more
Wildflowers, Walks, and Wild Horses
Sunday, June 18, 2017      14 comments

The Steen's Mountain area (where I visited my friend H last week) is great for hiking. And we were lucky that the wildflowers were blooming! Here are a few photos from vistas along my hikes in Steen's Mountain. The first 5 photos are of hik... Read more
Riddle Brothers Ranch
Saturday, June 17, 2017      11 comments

I spent last week at a remote historic ranch in the Steen's Mountain area of Oregon, Riddle Brothers Ranch. Three bachelor Riddle brothers farmed in this area from about 1900 to 1950; the last surviving brother sold the property in the 1950s to ... Read more
Beauty in the Midst of Sadness
Sunday, June 04, 2017      16 comments

Well this has been a sad week for me. Two kind and generous friends were killed in an auto accident; they were a light and beacon of hope -- generous and caring. So sorry for their families; they were returning from visiting their grandchildren.... Read more
Hard Solo Hike. And -- Other Exercise (need more!)
Saturday, June 03, 2017      10 comments

Yesterday I hiked up Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park. This is my go-to hike for hard solo hiking -- I can go at my own pace, and it is a popular trail so I don't worry about being stranded in the event of an emergency (rattlesnake bite, ba... Read more
Nice Shorter Hike today!
Monday, May 29, 2017      6 comments

Yesterday I did a long/fast hike with a friend along the river trail. It was a workout, and a very hot day! I was glad when we met two enterprising little girls who were selling fresh home made lemonade to hikers. Today I enjoyed a MUCH slo... Read more
Hike Metolious RIver, and Organized House
Saturday, May 27, 2017      9 comments

Today I led a group of 12 hikers along the Metolious River trail. This is a beautiful trail along a wild and scenic river. The weather was clear and warm. I think I've mentioned that several of my regular hiking friends are faster than I am; but... Read more
Suttle Lake Hike
Tuesday, May 23, 2017      13 comments

I'll be honest -- I almost didn't do this hike. Both of my usual hiking friends canceled at the last minute, so I was on my own. I drove to the original planned hike trail head -- only to be turned away because of a controlled burn (the Forest S... Read more
Archaeology Trip to Paisley Caves
Saturday, May 20, 2017      9 comments

Today I went with friends on a trip sponsored by ASCO (Archaeological Society of Central Oregon) to Paisley Caves. Paisley Caves are above Summer Lake, which is an alkali lake formed by the remnants of a large inland sea. The caves were discover... Read more
Paulina Creek Trail, and Accomplishments
Friday, May 19, 2017      9 comments

H, Barbara and I hiked the Paulina Creek trail in Newberry National Monument. The weather was perfect -- it is such a blessing to have sunshine after our long hard winter. The trail was just the right length (about 5.5 miles) and the creek was c... Read more

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