Steigerwald Lake, WA (18-44)

Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge    10-7-2018

Rainy weekend. We were too early for the migrating birds, but saw foggy cliffs across the Columbia River, a few waterbirds and reflections in Gibbons Creek and Redtail Lake, late season flowers, berries and a few fall colors.   (hike#55)  4.4 miles

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Late lupine, berries, fog on the cliffs across the river.

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I always appreciate the welcoming path entrance.

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Water birds on Gibbons Creek

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Views of Vancouver Point and Reed Island from the dike path.

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The door to the art trail is closed for winter nesting season. Time for the birds to come home.

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Fish ladder

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We walked to the end of the refuge.

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Sand bars between Reed Island and the Washington shore.

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Vista House under the fog on the Oregon cliffs.

On our return walk we saw a few more birds.

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Snowy egret across the channel

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We learned from a trail steward that the refuge is planning to breach the dikes to the Columbia River to reestablish the natural flood plains and wildlife habitat, beginning sometime next year.

Knitting

I finished another round dish cloth.

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I started knitting a Fiore washcloth. I learned the picot cast on, and I am relearning stranded knitting and catching floats for this project.

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Garden

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Zinnias and peppers

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Sumac

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NE Portland changing colors. View from a walk up Alameda Ridge.

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