Thursday, December 11, 2014

Windy Wild Coyote Wall

In April 2013, Sarah and I set out on a windy gorge hike at Coyote Wall.  Since Amy is so dedicated and refuses to miss church we enjoyed a more exposed, steeper climb.  Analise was 7 months old

Analise didn't mind the wind so much and seemed pretty cozy on this hike.

There were a few late Trillium to enjoy.

We meandered up the road and then hit the trail to enjoy the wildflowers.

The day was windy but a great day for hiking.

The flowers made me smile.

We gave Analise a chance to explore them but she was distracted by the wind and all the sights.

We enjoyed having her with us, especially since she was content.

Though I enjoy so much having my six year old wonder, the adult conversation was nice as well.

This was a pretty exposed hike with the old orchards and great views back down to the river.

There were a few wildflowers still clinging to the side of the hill but they take quite a beating.

The Washington side of the gorge still feels wild to me and is a great place to explore, especially in the spring!

What a refreshing day.

On this windy winter night, it helps to remember the soft breeze of spring. 

Metolious Riverside Camp and Black Butte Challenge

 Mom- The Metolious River has been on my list of places to see for a very long time.  In September, we took a late season trip to camp by this lovely river and experienced all this area has to offer.
Amy-  This current has a lot of rapids.   I like to make homes for the fish.  This national park has had lots of fish have died so they are trying to make the fish live a life there.
Amy-  There was a cool exploration of the park we found some shelter there was a chimney made of rocks.  There was also a fire place on the chimney.  I also got to stand on a couple benches!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Mom-We read that volunteers are trying to help restore fish habitat by creating places for them to hide to increase fish spawning.
Amy-  This is a big pine cone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy-  Analise hiked part of the way.  (  She also drank her water)
Amy-  We unloaded our stuff and pitched the tent.  We also put the rain fly on so the tent does not get wet.   
Mom- We spent some time by the river watching the fish.
Mom- We packed up our camping equipment and stopped at the fish hatchery for a short walk along the river.
Mom-The fish hatchery had lots of new fish to feed and watch.
Mom-  The leaves were turning yellow.
Mom-It was fun to watch the river.  This part of Oregon is really different- much dryer and prone to wildfires.
Mom- After exploring the river, we took a drive through an active fire to the Black Butte trail head.  This hike was a huge challenge!
Mom-This hike is deceptive because it is really quite short but also has some steep elevation gain.  It was really neat to have so much time exposed with a great view!
Amy-  I walked with the hiking stick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy-The tower is so huge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mom-  The fire tower is still actively used.  We enjoyed the very windy view from the top briefly.
Mom-  We were proud to have made it.  Amy did an excellent job climbing.  Both girls hid behind a rock because of the wind.
Mom-  We hit the trail quickly seeing an ominous dark cloud in the sky above us.
Mom-  Analise got a few minutes of freedom before going back in the backpack for the steep hike down.
Mom-  Amy and I walked quickly to beat the rain.  Sarah kept a slower pace behind us.  Analise went back to sleeping in the backpack.
Mom-The trail was very pretty and exposed most of the way. 
Mom-It was fun to hike in Eastern Oregon and explore a different forest than we normally experience.
Amy-  We walked on a pretty trail.