Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 22 - Opal Creek Wilderness

Last Sunday, before leaving, I joined the NW Wilderness group for a hike in Opal Creek. Here's Bill's (our guide) description of the hike: "The trail to Jawbone Flats and the Opal Creek Pools runs alongside the Little North Santiam River. It follows an old road that is still used to transport items for those that are staying overnight at the privately run facilities. We’ll start on the road and then cross over and follow the trail on the south side of the river up to Jaw Bone flats and Opal Pool. On the way we'll pass through endless groves of majestic Douglas Firs, Pacific Silver Firs and Western Hemlocks, many of which are 500 to 750 years old ! Vegetation in the area includes Huckleberry, Vine Maple and Pacific Rhododendron. Wildlife includes: black bear (don't worry we stopped feeding them hikers years ago) elk, deer and coyote. Spotted owl, dipper and Woodpecker are some of the wild fowl we might see. After a vist to Opal Pool we'll finish the loop by taking the road back to the TH."

Here's a picture of the nine of us (including Bill, who took the picture!).

La scorsa domenica sono andata a fare una camminata in una zona protetta chiamata Opal Creek. Eravamo nove intrepidi amanti delle piante e della pioggia, in una foresta dove gli alberi hanno piu' di cinquecento anni. Il sentiero segue un fiume dalle mille cascate successive (piu' o meno grandi), dall'acqua blu che d'estate deve essere freschissima, ma che nessuno si e' avventurato a provare quando il tempo e' ancora invernale o quasi quassu'!

Here is Marcia standing near blue waters (icy waters!) in one of the hidden waterfalls in the area (below!).

As Bill commented, I think Marcia and I needed to be separated because we bonded really well and chatted almost the entire time. Thanks, Marcia!

C'erano milioni di cascate, alberi circondati da muschio da tutti i lati, funghi giganteschi, e bellissime orchidee e trilliums, il fiore simbolo dell'Oregon.

Questa e' verso la fine della camminata, e come la nostra guida commentava, io e una bella signora di nome Marcia abbiamo legato durante il viaggio e siamo diventate amiche. La foto sotto prova le nostre chiacchierate... e piu' sotto me felice su un grandissimo tronco con lo sfondo delle Cascades, la catena delle montagne che si estende dalla British Columbia fino al nord della California.

Here's my happy face on our way back to Portland, with the Cascades in the background. For more pictures, look here: http://www.meetup.com/NW-Wilderness/photos/1588051/.

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