WAT – October flowers and a dangling spider
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A late October afternoon wandering around town with a camera … such a surprise to find blooming brilliant roses and other flowers. A comment: none of the pics were staged or composed; the camera caught nature as is, nothing more. … Read More

Mary’s Peak – up & around
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The best plans sometimes work out. Without too much concern of the weather, I headed up to Mary’s Peak with 30l day pack. The plan was to leave very early to arrive at the East Ridge (Conner’s Camp) TH in … Read More

Spencer Butte rainy ramble
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A rainy day, so the better camera stayed home – especially with all its unpredictable behavior and failures recently (… a new camera needed?). Hence, all pics are iPhone SE2. With only the morning to burn in the woods, Spencer … Read More

Elk Lake day hikes – day 2 – PCT north
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After day 1 filled with surprises and the morning covered in ice, expectations for PCT north were mixed. I knew the trail would be flat and viewless until the Wickiup Planes, but was really looking forward to Mesa meadows. Heading … Read More

Spencer 1x up + Ridgeline e2e
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The winds of change have shifted: the winds were blowing cold (~40 f) bringing smells of rain and weather people put 100% probability of >.5″ of rain on Saturday (one report said no meaningful rain since July 7). What better … Read More

Spencer Butte – up, down, up, up and down
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A quick 3x to the top and touching both Fox Hollow and Willamette trailheads was the mid-week work out. Put on my Northface 20L day pack, and hit the trail by 6:30am. Smoke was threatening to fill the valley from … Read More