Volcanoes and forests greeted us as we crossed the state line from California into Oregon.
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.
As soon as we arrived in Bend, Oregon we drove up to Shevlin Park to hike for hours along the river.
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?
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.
The Northwest forest path was welcoming (quite “nice,” just as the sign indicated)… And not a bit scary.