Northwest forest

Volcanoes and forests greeted us as we crossed the state line from California into Oregon.

A fire tower sits on the rim of the spent volcano, Lava Butte. We walked the circular red cinder path around the rim taking in black lava fields and snowy mountains on the horizon. What a view!

A fire tower sits on the rim of the spent volcano, Lava Butte. We walked the circular red cinder path around the rim taking in black lava fields and snowy mountains on the horizon. What a view!

The past months we traveled the length of arid California. We got an immediate change of scenery as we drove into the Pacific Northwest forest.

When was the last time we walked through a pine forest, tripped over pine cones, and smelled that wonderful scent?

When was the last time we walked through a pine forest, tripped over pine cones, and smelled that wonderful scent?

As soon as we arrived in Bend, Oregon we drove up to Shevlin Park to hike for hours along the river.

Sign at the beginning of the trail.

Sign at the beginning of the trail.

Did we all grow up reading fairy tales about the dark forbidden forests? Every time we step into unknown woods for a walk we wonder (with some trepidation) what will we see or encounter?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-mantled_ground_squirrel

A golden-mantled ground squirrel watched us from the safety of a high branch.

The wide and flat path was one of the easiest we’ve taken. We heard a number of birds calling, though we could identify very few from their calls. We did see a hairy woodpecker and our first Lewis’s woodpeckers.

We weren’t tired but just had to sit down on this bench overlooking the river to try it out.

We weren’t tired but just had to sit down on this bench overlooking the river to try it out.

New forest growth

The Northwest forest path was welcoming (quite “nice,” just as the sign indicated)… And not a bit scary.

 

May 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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One Response to Northwest forest

  1. Especially like that bench, and surrounded with the pine smell – a wonderland!

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