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The Confluence

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       A few months ago this tour was scheduled but then cancelled due to smoke conditions so today I was eager to go even though it was raining. We were a small group, seven plus three representatives of The … Continue reading

We Tried To Do It All

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To live in a rustic log cabin four miles from the nearest neighbor at the end of a road we had to maintain ourselves. It is one of the loveliest spots in the county outside of the Wilderness. We spent … Continue reading

Revisiting Crater Lake, Conclusion

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After our long day with Ride the Rim volunteering, we had a quick dinner—salad, soup and some good bread. Included in the soup were some green beans from our garden. We went to bed shortly afterwards, really tired. Sunday, after … Continue reading

Crater Lake Revisited, Part II

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  Saturday morning we got up at 5 a.m., tossed cold pizza and apples in our small ice chest for lunch, and brought something to drink. We gulped breakfast, skipped coffee, put hot water in a thermos for hot tea … Continue reading

Crater Lake Re-Visited

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I took my leftover pizza, an apple, and a bottle of iced tea and sat by Munson Creek, a little stream that runs through the Park Headquarters area at Crater Lake National Park. As I sat looking at the sand … Continue reading

Last Day in the Redwoods

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On my last day in the redwoods I joined a hike. We carpooled down the dusty road to the Stout Grove. It seems almost criminal to drive across those ancient roots. I knew the 12 of us we were going … Continue reading

Kayaking the Smith River in Northern California

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          Dipping one blade of the single paddle down into the transparent water of the Smith River, I pull, while pushing the other blade forward overhead, turning my body with the thrust as water runs down the paddle … Continue reading

Three Days Along the Smith River

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My tent was snuggled cozily between some shiny-leafed huckleberry bushes in a dry meadow, shaded with a scattering of Douglas Fir, tan oak, and a few lodgepole pines. Below the camp ran Hurdygurdy Creek, not visible but maybe a tenth … Continue reading

Comfort Tree

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I used to have a comfort tree, a ponderosa pine. It grew above a local trail, and in my heart was mine. I’d lean my back against its trunk And feel the jig-saw puzzle bark, let my thoughts flow quietly … Continue reading

GOLD

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Miners built the earthen dam that blocks this intermittent stream just below where two small gullies come together. Turtles bask on floating logs along the edge. Footprints of deer etch deeply in the mud as the level slowly recedes beneath … Continue reading