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November 15, 2010

Adventure in Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

I'd been eyeing a certain section of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness I hadn't explored before so when Jason suggested an adventure for Sunday thought of it again. We headed out there along with Lisa and Sam. The trailhead at 3600' was snow free but we quickly got in to snow for much of the way. Usually it was still runnable if a little more tiring. Descended to beautiful Eagle Creek (not the more famous Gorge one) for a gorgeous stretch before slogging back up to the car at the old quarry. Sam was tuckered out at the end and I had to carry him for a stretch with Lisa's help. Wonderful day out on the trails despite a constant rain. Saw no one. (photos)

Douglas-Plaza-Eagle Creek trails at EveryTrail

Posted by Dave at 08:56 AM

Mushrooms!

Took a mushrooms for beginners class at Smith and Bybee Lakes on Saturday, taught by Metro's James Davis. Learned there are as many types of mushrooms in Oregon as types of birds in the whole world. We learned some basics and then collected whatever we could find and sorted them out with the field guides. Taking the class tuned my eyes in to the fungi and I saw so many mushrooms on my run the next day!

Posted by Dave at 08:44 AM

November 08, 2010

Silver Falls

Explored an area new to me on Sunday, Silver Falls State Park. Can't believe I hadn't been down there before. I was under the impression there were only a few short paved trails to a couple of waterfalls. We did a great 13 or so mile loop that took in many waterfalls and beautiful forest.

silver-falls.jpg

Posted by Dave at 09:06 AM