Maupin, OR March 30, 2007

Maupin, Wasco County, OR: Marvin and I drove to Maupin in central Oregon, then followed the Deschutes river downstream to Sherar’s Bridge. We stopped at pullouts, looking for Viola trinervata. We didn’t find any but enjoyed the scenic gorge with its multiple layers of lava that form cliffs along the …

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Culver, OR March 26, 2007

Culver, Jefferson County, OR: Haystack Grange… Traveling with Marvin… We drove highway 26 across the Mount Hood corridor toward Madras. There were plenty of signs warning travelers to carry chains or traction tires because of snow conditions. We found the road totally clear, no snow clinging to the trees but …

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Finding the Fetid Adder’s Tongue March 17, 2007

Saddle Mountain, Clatsop County, OR: The weather forecaster promised a sunny day so Marvin and I headed for Saddle Mountain in search of the Oregon Fetid Adder’s Tongue (aka Slink Lily). It turned out to be cool and overcast… perfect for photography… and we weren’t disappointed. Closeup of the Slink …

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Road Closed (except snowmobiles) March 16, 2007

La Grande OR: On the return trip from La Grande I decided to exit I-84 to follow highway 244 to Ukiah and follow the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway to Heppner. About 5 miles out of Ukiah the road 53 to Heppner was barricaded and closed to all vehicles except snowmobiles. …

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Summit Road Closed March 15, 2007

La Grande OR: Crossing the Blue Mountains on I-84 I noticed scraps of snow roadside. Elevation at the crest is 4, 193 feet. Summit road exits about 12 miles from La Grande and leads the way into some of the finest wildflower territory in Oregon. This day the road was …

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