Almost a record

I sort of planned to blog seven days in a row. On something of a roll I'd been and thought, I could do this one whole week.

But then yesterday morning I awoke, rested. Healthy of limb and emotion. It occurred to me I hadn't driven up the McKenzie River yet this season.

So I talked my son into a hike (took all of three seconds). We picked up my nephew Nick. Followed where the road beckoned eastward, crossed a mountain pass. Traversed a wilderness trail seven miles.

Sorry, blogging, you're fun, but few things top views from alpine meadows and a moraine.





(That last one's Mt. Jefferson, and the craggily-shaped one before it is Three Fingered Jack.)

Comments

Cherie said…
Okay, please tell me where the trailhead is so we can go, too. It's looks PERFECT for our work-weary bodies.

Lovely - and you are soo right - blogging doesn't even come close to things such as this!
Deanna said…
You cross Santiam Pass, turn left just after Suttle Lake at the sign for Wilderness Trailheads. You'll be on Jack Lake Road 12 for 4.4 miles til you turn left on Road 1230, then go left on 1234 (and it's washboardish for about six miles, but your vehicle probably doesn't vibrate as badly as our van!), and then you come to the trailhead (with an outhouse; yay!). The trail's on the far right. Oh, and bring insect repellent.

If you guys do it, Cherie, I'll look forward to your pictures. I can tell you more details if you want. We got this from our hiking book by William Sullivan. If you have the book (for the Oregon Cascades), this one's number 27.
Sandy said…
Oh my God, this is where heaven meets land. What an amazing place.
Deanna said…
Thanks, Sandy, for stopping by. You can see why I became addicted to this hiking thing.
Leiselb said…
Are you kidding me?! You went on a hike to all these beautiful places?! It looks so dream-like I could cry with envy...but instead I smile with respect. Thanks so much for sharing. I know blogging is fun but this is magnificent!
Deanna said…
Glad you liked it, Leisel. Come up anytime and we'll take you hiking.;o)
Cecily said…
Oh my. I had no idea you lived near something so beautiful (I think I also saw that snow capped mountain in the background of another photo of you with friends)... can I come over and hike with you please?! Magnificent.
Deanna said…
The mountain in that other photo, Cecily, was Diamond Peak. There are also the Three Sisters--I'll try to post a few of them soon. Not to mention Mt. Washington and Mt. Hood... Sure, we'd be glad to show you the good hikes. :o)