December 22, 2010

Hiking near Heceta Head

I set out to hike the China Creek trail and look for spawning salmon but could not pass up this view of the Heceta Head Lightkeeper's House above Cape Cove.

The hike was super even though I didn't see any fish. The sea lions were still sunning themselves at Sea Lion Point on my trip back home.

December 20, 2010

Spawning Salmon at Hendricks Creek

Mary W. and I had a very successful day looking for spawning Coho Salmon.

December 5, 2010

Early Angels

Monica and I got an early start on making Angels this weekend.

Marilyn gets a demo from Monica

Luk gives a demo of his skills. Did you ever see a cat doing angels?

  Some of Monica's handiwork.
They are all so adorable and
we have such fun making them.

December 1, 2010

King Estates Lunch

Maureen, Jane, Lisa and I made the trip to King Estates

The weather was not bad as you can see. 

The lunch was divine!

November 23, 2010

Snow in Flo

White, white all white this morning
Blue sky briefly then more snow
Time to head south fellow!

November 18, 2010

Falcon Comeback

In 1970 experts couldn’t find a single peregrine falcon in Oregon. 40 years later they are off the endangered species list thanks partly to a large number of nests right in the city of Portland, many on the largest, noisiest bridges. The falcons still face threats from intentional illegal hunting. The Audubon Society of Portland tracks and bands chicks born each year.

November 16, 2010

Peregrine Falcon

This Peregrine Falcon showed up last week at Mary's dock.

November 11, 2010

Birthday Party

Luk, Adele and Elenor (second from right) celebrate their birthdays with lots of help from their friends

November 9, 2010

Life Reflection

Luk and I are sharing a birthday today. Mitcho made us this card.

November 5, 2010

Tuesday Birders at South Jetty

      Mark, Adele, Elenor, Lisa and Anne near the Siuslaw River

October 27, 2010

Mt. Hood Camp

Our last campsite right on the East Fork of the Hood River.

It hosts winter and summer steelhead runs and the river's threatened Coho salmon too. 

Luk and Mitcho exploring the area.

Quaking Aspen as well as Larch and Cottonwood were golden

On the trail to Tamawanas Falls

The falls themselves, gorgeous hike, big trees.

Stop at Timberline Lodge on the way home, there was snow!

October 26, 2010

Deschutes River Ride

We did the rails to trails Deschutes River Trail. It goes 18 miles upstream from the confluence with the Columbia River.

An old railroad car in surprisingly good shape, just like the rider.

It's sagebrush country for sure.

October 25, 2010

Descutes River Camping

The Sisters across the lava fields near the top of Old McKenzie Hwy, on the way......

Second camp, along the Deschutes near Maupin, in the dry hills

Third camp, the lower Deschutes at Descutes River State Park. 

John and Linda Krafsic came over to visit from their home in Wasco

October 15, 2010

Sweet Creek Ride

Mary, Cathy and I rode up Sweet Creek today as far as Beaver Creek Falls
It was a lovely fall day, a little cooler than it has been.

October 13, 2010

Biking Heceta Beach

Super warm fall day at the beach!

My first time riding on the beach.

October 12, 2010

Clear Lake

We kayaked every day at Clear Lake.

One day I went waterfall hiking from Koosah Falls to Sahalie Falls above.

You can cross over and hike back down to Koosah Falls on the other side.

This is the source of it all,  the Great Springs where the water comes out of the basalt to form this pool which feeds Clear Lake, headwaters of the McKenzie River.

October 10, 2010

Clear Lake Camping

Mitcho and I took advantage of the good weather  last week to take Luk our new kitty camping for the first time.Clear Lake is not too far and the timing was perfect for fall color and warm days. 

Huge old Douglas Firs grow out of the lava.

Turquoise water and red vine maples.

September 30, 2010

Fall ride along the river

Jane and I went for a ride on this perfect fall day.

September 27, 2010

Indian Creek Ride

Jan, Cathy and I rode up West-fork Indian Creek last friday.

Beautiful forest up there!


Sunny and warm in the afternoon.

September 24, 2010

Waldo Lake in September

What a place Waldo  is the day after a thunderstorm!

The water is so clear, it's hard to believe

We were paddling several hours every day we were there.