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Showing posts with label hike. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hike. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Three Sisters Wilderness

We decided to get up early to hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Driving up towards Mt Bachelor, the clouds became thicker and temps lower. Once we arrived at the trailhead, the temp was 49 degrees. With several trails to chose, we chose the one that followed the creek to the Green Lakes and turned out to be great. There were many waterfalls around every corner with views of the volcano flow from the South Sister as we got higher.  The pictures we took don't do the area justice.
In the evening we found a group playing some pretty good Bluegrass that were quite entertaining.


This bridge was just 1/4 mile from our truck and when we returned the steps were much higher up than when we first started our 9 mile hike.




 







 

There are some huge bullfrogs around here that get loud at times.


The past two weeks have flown by with so much to see and do, requiring a nap in the afternoons and occasional days off to read a book.


South Sister


Middle and North Sisters overlooking the first Green Lake. There were more ahead.
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The marker said 4 miles each way but GPS read 9 when we returned. Taking side trips off the trail and then going further once we arrived just to see what was around each corner added that extra mile.

 
The GPS had not been updated in far too long, so we took the morning and used the park's internet to download the latest version instead of using our data. That took quite a while. I think we get lazy about keeping things up sometimes thinking we are on vacation instead of living our lives this way.  Starting out in a whirlwind, we had to learn to settle down pacing ourselves and don't need to see and do everything. We're just figuring what we need to do to make it right for us. 
 
On to Idaho! (After a nap)
 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Elfin Forest

 
The mind does wander while hiking up a steep hill.  Recently, I started thinking about people asking where home is for us. I usually say "Colorado." That is where I grew up and raised my family.  Home for us isn't a building or place but matters more who is across the table from us and how our days are spent when we are "there" where ever that is.  Our cozy trailer is a good place as long as it moves from time to time.  I guess for us "home" is more of a feeling than a place. But not for more than 3 months at a time.
We had been missing our hikes and decided to head to Escondido to Elfin Forest. We were glad to get an early start since it gets pretty warm inland and appreciated the clouds of May Grey during the steep climb up the Way Up Trail. 


The creek as we crossed into the Elfin Forest



I have never seen bells offered for use at a trailhead for mountain bikers.


Olivenhain Reservoir and Dam is a good thinking place. It helps that there was a good breeze to cool us down.

The Elfin Forest is not only great for hiking but also for delving deeper into the mysteries that surround this area and is rumored to be haunted with hundreds of stories and sightings.

The most popular myth is about the white witch. As the story goes, her husband and son were murdered out here a long time ago. Rumor has is she is still looking for her family, or the person who murdered them. There are also stories of the Northern Diegueno Indians haunting these grounds.
 
We didn't feel any spirits. We just sweated a lot. Maybe the bike bells help scatter the spirits...

This was a fat horned toad that would not move wither than his eyes would blink. Maybe, he thought we didn't see him or the sun just felt good.

Yep, we made it clear to the top. The lake is on the other side.

What makes your home a "Home"? We like to hear your stories.