Take a Hike

August 19, 2011

You wouldn’t know the path was there if you walked by too fast.  Or hadn’t lived here for awhile.

This shady little path meanders into the forest below my cabin.  I’ve hiked it for over 25 years and always find something new along the way out to the edge of my world.

The shady canopy opens to a field of sun at the lower edge of my property line.  Here, you’ll want to watch out for cobwebs, cow pies, and….

….bikers!  Yes, bikers.  During summer months the path is thick with bikers!  This part of the path belongs to my neighbors, the Kreps family who are wonderful about letting folks use it.

It’s a cow path in spring; I see hunters using it in the fall.  Me?  I traverse it year round.

Someone built this bridge a few years back making it easier to cross the spring creek, which is dry in summer.  We used to jump over it or walk across the rocks.

The path cuts right through a bramble patch.

The berries aren’t large, but provide food for bear and birds.  And sometimes me.

In about a half mile you’ll come to the edge of my world.  But keep going, there’s a better view around the next couple of bends.

Depending on the time of year we have excellent wildflower viewing opportunities.

One year I was surprised to find this bench put together exactly in the perfect viewing area.  It’s a big open hillside at the top of Burdoin Mountain.  I don’t know who built it, but I’m glad they did.  It’s a great resting spot and has an incredible vista.

From the bench you have an unobstructed view of Mt Hood…..

…and the Columbia River Gorge.  On a clearer day you can see forever, but today’s view was pretty nice.

Thanks for stopping by, I’m so happy to see you again!

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