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Mines and Mountain Trails

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

My friends and I rented a rustic little cabin in the Ochocos mountains for several days. The cabin was a former ranger cabin. The forest service rents out these former residences that are usually in isolated beautiful wilderness. The cabin had no electricity, telephones or internet; but it had running water and power was provided by solar panels and propane. We brought in our own food, bedding, and towels.

Our rustic cabin

Our hiking trails for the first couple of days took us through the mountains, and by several abandoned mines. Most of these mines were taking out Cinnabar and mining for mercury.


An inexpert chorus line

Bane berry

We did not recognize this wildflower

On our last full day in the mountains, we walked to and around Walton Lake. Walton lake is a charming small lake, with campsites all around it.

We were amazed by the number of tiny frogs. I am sorry I can’t post a video of the mass of frogs piled on top of each other and occasionally being knocked off and swept into the water. But here is a photo of tiny black frogs piled onto a river rock. ( unfortunately, my photo of all of the frogs in the mass pile up looks exactly like a mound of deer poop! )

I know chipmunks are rodents, but they are so cute!

We returned to the cabin via a scenic drive on dirt roads.

We had great views of big Summit Prairie.

And the Crooked River.

Most of all, I enjoyed spending time with my friends. In the evenings, we played games or ssang songs, or read on the porch. It was a relaxing and wonderful trip in beautiful surroundings

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