Bird Watching at Ridgefield NWR

With record setting low daily high temperatures and rain the last couple of weeks the prospect of better weather with sun breaks tempted me to go bird watching at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Clark County, Washington yesterday, May 30, 2013. It rained most of the hour long drive to …

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Hiking Big Bottom Wilderness

The Big Bottom Wilderness Area came into being in 2009. Located on the Clackamas River about 42 miles from Estacada it can be approached most easily by following State Highway (SH) 224 to Ripplebrook Guard Station and then Primary Forest Route (PFR) 46. Turn right on a Secondary Forest Route …

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Big Trees in Big Bottom Wilderness

Ralph Anderson wanted to show me some big trees. We were buddies in high school some 56 years ago. We recently renewed the friendship  and found we had a mutual interest in botanical things. Yesterday we set out on an adventure. He knew of a grove of old growth trees …

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