1/1/2018 Oaks to Wetlands Wildlife Trail, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA (Hike #1 for 2018)
2018 begins with a 2 mile walk at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. Cold, quiet, it felt good to stretch our legs in the sun, see swans and geese in the distant ponds, and an egret flying down the swale.
Shadows on the approach bridge
Swans in the distant pond
An egret flying along the trail
1/6/2018 Deschutes River Trail (Hike #2)
Blue sky, crisp air, deep blue water, golden grasslands, great escape from the clouds in Portland. Solid boots on the trail, maybe the last time for a while…
We begin by walking along the river:
farther up river
looking back down river
The trail heads up hill across Ferry Springs Canyon:
snow in the shade
View back to the Columbia River, and the Columbia Hills in Washington
Closer view of the confluence
Columnar basalt above
Geese at the trailhead
We have been here twice before – we saw spring wildflowers in April of 2013
and fall colors in November of 2016.
train across the river
I knit away on Emily’s green shawl try to think of all the things to do before the surgery. I am organized and scattered at the same time. I try to anticipate all the needs and soon the time will be used up and I will see what happens on the other side. Hard to set goals for the New Year as I don’t know what to expect for the recovery so I just knit on…
Emily’s Flyaway Twist shawl, completed
Wapato Greenway Trail November 11, 2017 (#54)
I felt lucky to use a brief dry weather window for a trip to Sauvie Island despite the cold in my head and a rainy weekend. We had heard there are sandhill cranes and snow geese, though many of the trails are closed for hunters. We saw and heard a few cranes off of Reeder Road, but a gunshot chased them away before we could get a good look.
From near the bird blind on Reeder Road
We saw another crane in a wet field on Sauvie island Road. We decided to walk the Wapato Greenway loop trail down to Multnomah Channel.
Dock, Multnomah Channel
The highlight was a white egret in Virginia Lakes.
The egret is the tiny white speck in the foliage at left of center
Closer view of white egret in red foliage
We also saw Canada geese, smaller birds, a few hawks, lots of interesting foliage, clouds and reflections.
This was a new walk for us, but I am sure we will be back. 2.5 miles
Since I didn’t get a any pictures of the Sand Hill Cranes at Sauvie Island, I am posting this photo from last March near Burns, Oregon.
Sand Hill Crane near Burns, Oregon, March 2017