Hiking William Finley Wildlife Preserve

After Tuesday’s elevation workout, a calmer, tourist-like hike seemed right. Within 60 minutes drive, William Finley National Wildlife Preserve offered opportunities for ~15 mile leisure hike with birding potential. We visited William Finley several years ago later in the summer, … Read More

Spencer Butte elevation workout

After hiking over 75 miles last week mostly along rivers, my legs, feet and heart needed some serious elevation work. The weather was clear getting warmer (like 70 later in day), and sunrise was before 06:00. A large carbon karma … Read More

Hiking Deschutes River Canyon

This hike was originally planned as a 2-night backpacking trip on the same route. However, after spending a day on the John Day River (Cottonwood Canyon) and the up-coming weather prediction, a day hike out and back seemed the better … Read More

Hiking Smith Rock and Grey Butte

Smith Rock State Park proved to be for the third year a great early hiking destination (last year). Bivouac camping is not my favorite – the worst of both car and pack camping, but it’s easy. Crossing the cascade pass … Read More

Ridgeline equinox sunrise

Hiking Ridgeline and Spencer Butte for the equinox sunrise in dense wet fog as the woods turn toward spring – just spectacular. Birds were everywhere, the cooler temperatures and wet fog kept most but the dedicated out of the woods, … Read More