Archive for September, 2007

Sticking Close to Home

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

We didn’t travel very far everyday for our Central Oregon adventures. Some days we didn’t even drive off the property! We walked around the neighborhood and up on Pumice Butte less than a mile from home and had a great view of the mountains.

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We had lunch on the patio, grilled shrimp and a wonderful tomato salad provided by Raymonde.

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We saw some wildlife on the road near home, but not to worry, I don’t think they’re dangerous!

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We also took a walk along the canal, something we try to do with all our visitors. We don’t have TV so we rely on the river for our visual entertainment! We have a great view of Lava Island Falls.

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After a good nights sleep, Michel was out early in the morning to catch a few fish for breakfast! Too bad we don’t have any big fish in the canal!

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Canoeing Hosmer Lake

Friday, September 21st, 2007

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Robert prepared the ‘mothership’ Old Town canoe with the electric trolling motor for our leisurely float on our favorite high cascades lake. Only electric motors are allowed on Hosmer Lake which is also a favorite for fly fishermen in waders and float tubes. We shoved off in the early afternoon, giving the weather plenty of time to warm up for us.

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Raymonde and I enjoyed our spots in the tow canoe. We had lots of opportunity to enjoy the views and the wildlife, mostly water birds.

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South Sister still has a little snow left on the glaciers, and a beautiful reflection in the clear lake waters. We beached in a cove and had a picnic lunch. The sound of the cooler lid opening brought camp visitors, more aptly called camp robbers! These Clark’s Nutcrackers must visit everyone who stops here, they were fearless!

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Our return float was very relaxing for me and Raymonde!

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While Michel kept his eye on the distant shore.

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Paulina Peak

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

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We chose a sunny but cold day to visit Newberry Crater and drive to the summit of Paulina Peak. We had a great view of the volcanic basin and even Fort Rock in the distance. We found fresh snow under the stunted pines at the top, a reminder of how cold it was in Bend yesterday!

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Paulina and East Lake lay below us with the big obsidian flow between them. We headed down into the crater and took a hike through the flow.

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The most fascinating things I discovered were the bonsai lodgepole pines growing up through the cracks.

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A Cold Day in Bend

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Wednesday was cloudy and very cold so we decided to stick close to home! Robert and Michel took a long morning walk and saw 6 deer along Buck Canyon Road, none of them bucks though. We headed into town and discovered the Farmers Market in Drake Park and bought some groceries, fresh corn on the cob and Bison Rib Eye for grilling later.

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A trip to REI was advantageous. Raymonde found a lightweight sleeping bag to keep her extra warm on these cold Oregon nights! We headed home for Bison chili con carne and cornbread with corn on the cob, a new experience for our Swiss friends. Of course we washed it down with wine, fresh fruit and lots of laughter.

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If it’s Tuesday We Must be at the Metolious!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

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We took our visitors to the Head of the Metolious, the river that appears to spring full blown from the base of Black Butte near Sisters. After a nice pique-nique we took the short walk for the view, then continued on to Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery and a hike along the river to watch the fly fishermen.

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A feeding frenzy and a flash of fin as the fish fight for food!

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Michel can claim this catch (but he would be fibbing – a real fish story). We did a little sightseeing on the gravel forest service roads looking for deer, we saw about 6 does and fawns. Then found our way to Canyon Creek campground and another spring flowing into the Metolious River.

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A Hole in the Ground

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Our first full day with our European visitors dawned cloudy and cold. The sun soon burned off most of the clouds to the east, so that’s where we decided to go. Michel & Raymonde traveled all the way from Switzerland and we decided to show them a hole in the ground! Literally, Hole in the Ground, a volcanic formation near Fort Rock (our ultimate destination) has always been interesting to us.

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We hiked around the rim of the hole, enjoying the sunshine and company of another couple and their friendly hyperactive golden retriever. We continued our tour of Central Oregon to Fort Rock where we had a pique-nique (french for pic-nic) lunch and hiked around the interior of the ‘fort’.

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We were dwarfed by the walls of Fort Rock. We stopped at the small historical museum to take pictures, unfortunately they were closed, but there’s a great view of Fort Rock in the background.

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Out of Town Visitors

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

What an exciting week we’ve had, hosting our friends Michel & Raymonde from Geneva, Switzerland! They arrived on Sunday, Sept. 16, driving north from Crater Lake in their rental motorhome. They have been traveling around the west for a month already, having flown into Las Vegas to pick up the RV and continued through California visiting every National and State Park they came across! Their enthusiasm for camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors is contagious!

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Michel & Raymonde in Yosemite.

Brokentop

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

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We took a hike today into the mountains. The clouds looked a little threatening, and the smokey haze lay in the valleys to the west. We headed up a trail alongside a canal that took us towards the basin of Brokentop. The canal was dry, but it must be a torrent in the spring.

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The path took a turn and we struck out cross-country to get closer to the basin.

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We reached a turn-around point and stopped for lunch along a creek. The glacier is still melting, the stream carving a narrow canyon through the pumice and other volcanic rock.

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As we hiked back down to the truck we had a great view of Mount Bachelor. Since we had an early start, we were back home by 1 pm, with over 5 miles of mountain hiking to remember.

Happy Birthday Tommy!

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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