Rest Day 9-14-2018 Whychus River Overlook
I slowly walked the easy one mile loop (#51) and contemplated distant views of mountains and close up views of the high desert forest. My legs were not up for much more today. Dan hiked down to the river and wandered there for a bit.
Back in town I visited The Stitchin’ Post, a wonderful quilt store.
On a related note, we enjoyed having a Double Wedding Ring quilt on the bed in our lodge room.
Tam McArthur Rim 9-15-2018 (#52)
This trail provides another entrance point to the Three Sisters Wilderness, from the east toward Tam McArthur Rim along a ridge that leads toward Broken Top. We had hiked this trail in September two years ago on a clear day. Today we watched clouds cover the peaks, lifting occasionally for views. By the time we reached the top, a bitter wind was beginning to blow and the cloud cover was increasing. We didn’t stay long.
Lookback to our hike in September of 2016 to compare the views:
We hiked about 5.5 miles/ 1200 feet today.
Back to Dee Wright/Mckenzie Pass at sunset
We took our last opportunity this year to spend a little time at the lava lands of Mckenzie Pass – and one of my favorite places in the world. Despite the cold wind we wanted to see the sunset. The Sisters were still covered in clouds, but as the lowering sun streamed in from under the western clouds, Black Crater lit up a bright, ethereal red orange that seemed magical. To the west, the streaky clouds glowed pink and gold.
A fitting end to our late summer adventures – back to Portland tomorrow.