Monday, February 24, 2014

Todd Lake journal 2/24/14

The snowshoe trail to Todd Lake from the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center was in good condition today. Some 6' of snow covered the ground; however, the light rain was mixing up a batch of "Cascade concrete." Huge snow plops felled from overweight limbs and you could feel the snow settle with the new moisture.

Low clouds obscured any of the peaks and, at times, limited the visibility along the trail.

No worries. The well marked trail provided plenty of visual clues and the packed surface was easy to follow. Conditions should be favorable for awhile; lower elevation sites may not fair so well.

Not much wildlife to report, other than some very fresh porcupine tracks. The waddle tracks descended some small hills and crossed up others. Some fresh tracks were well preserved in the snow to the point that I could see the heel pads and the long toe nails. 

Some red crossbills, Clark's nutcrackers, mountain chickadees, Steller's jays and gray jays were present. 

Just another fine outing in the Central Oregon Cascades!

Monday, December 16, 2013

National Poinsettia Day was December 12 and celebrates the industry and the man Joel Robert Poinsett who is credited with bringing the plant home from Mexico. Named after him, the Poinsettia is an interesting plant and a fixture of the Christmas holiday season.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Snowshoeing Edison Sno-Park

December 10, 2013  Our small group navigated the Long Loop trail from the Edison Sno-Park through the woods and over the lava flows to the Edison Shelter before returning via a ski trail back to the sno-park. Thin coverage and lots of blowdown were the prime reasons to avoid the snowshoe trail on the return trip from the shelter.

Though the area is gorgeous with mammoth ponderosa and interesting lavascapes, the conditions are marginal, for snowshoeing, at this point in time. Recommendation: go higher up the Cascade Lakes Highway and look for deeper snow at the Swampy Sno-Park or Dutchman Flat Sno-Park. And keep the legs moving for the Pray for Snow boogie!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hiked into Horse Lake a couple of weeks ago just before the first snowfall of the season. Beautiful day, although the yellow jackets were still out in force. Elk, deer and small mammal tracks along the trail, as well as lots of mushrooms. A quiet place now that summer is over, but still another group out along the shoreline.

Dave's Garden is a resource for gardeners and backyard bird watchers. There are numerous articles and how-to tips for a wide variety of garden related activities. Check out my recent posting on Finding Fall Foliage; I try not to miss out on this spectacular time of year.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dave's Garden

If you get a chance, check out my newest article on Dave's Garden. This on-line site provides a wealth of information about gardening and plants. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hiking the Old Cascades

The Western or Old Cascades have been worn down by the forces of erosion. Once the mighty peaks along the Cascade spine, these peaks are now remnants of their former selves. Just because time and glaciers and weathering and roots have reduced these peaks, most of them still offer some great hiking opportunities and vistas from their summits.

The peaks bear names like Browder Ridge, Iron Mountain, The Pyramids, Crescent Mountain, Coffin Mountain, Scar Mountain, Trapper Butte. They are numerous, high points seen in the distant haze or solid beneath your feet. Some have connecting trails, others are solo jaunts into old growth haunts. They are popular and some are unknown except to the elk and deer and gray jays that filter through their forests.

I've done many hikes across their flanks and up their summits this summer and hope to do more this fall. They beckon and I can only respond. I'm sure they have secrets never whispered, but I hope to have the opportunity to be there when they speak.
The hike up to the summit of Iron Mt

Looking north from Crescent Mountain along the spine of the Old Cascades with The Pyramids, Coffin Mountain and Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Adams in the distance.

Crescent Lake from the summit of Crescent Mt

From Middle Pyramid looking south towards Cone Peak and Iron Mt