Oregon Caves National Monument

April 29, 2007: Oregon Caves National Monument: The caves are located 19 miles up a winding road from Cave Junction. Margo and I stayed at the lodge when the kids were little (25 years ago) and took the cave tour. Marvin and I were planning to return to Portland today …

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Illinois River April 28, 2007

Cave Junction OR: The Rough and Ready botanical area is near Cave Junction and provides an easy trail to the wildflower delights of the area. We spent a couple hours wandering and photographing before setting out for the Illinois River road. Marvin wanted a picture of a Creek Trillium that …

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Jacksonville, Jackson County, OR

April 27, 2007: Jacksonville, OR: The day started badly. I couldn’t find the keys to the pickup. Marvin and I were planning a trip to southern Oregon and the keys were nowhere to be found. I checked all the usual places… bedside stand, pants pockets, washing machine, console to my …

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McCall Point at Rowena Crest, Hoodriver County, OR

April 26, 2007: Rowena Crest: It was a windy day but I decided to hike up to McCall Point to see what was in bloom at higher elevations. Balsamroot and Lupine were spectacular from the parking level to the top of the hill.   Finding a rattlesnake on the trail …

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Saddle Mountain April 23, 2007

Saddle Mountain, Clapsop County, OR: The view from the top is inspiring on a clear day. It wasn’t raining so Chris and I decided to try Saddle Mountain State Park, access off highway 26 about 13 miles from the coast. The trees in the park have been damaged by high …

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