Two of my favorite things to do are hiking and photography. On Saturday, April 18, I combined the two for my first photo outing. I saw it as an experiment because there were logistics to consider and different skill levels of the participants. Five people joined me.
I chose Wahclella Falls for the many compelling features to photograph. That day I had hoped the wildflowers would be blooming. Our cold weather has slowed the bloom and I felt disappointed until I rounded a curve and was astonished to see several glacier lilies just begging to have their photo taken. I set up my tripod and began capturing the yellow flowers with the water droplets hanging from them. Wo-ow!
My group gathered at the waterfall to enjoy lunch together. The sun was warm and the light was harsh but the moss wall above us was still shaded. Each of us spent several minutes capturing moss and water cascading the wall beholding the spirit of this beautiful place.
We parted ways after lunch and some hiked out to head home. Some ambled slowly to take it all in. I converted my hiking pants to shorts and soaked in the warm air. My experiment was clearly a success. The hints of spring were everywhere and in a few weeks the trail will be full of flowers and the waterfall will continue to thunder with snowmelt. Go there, with or without your camera, I recommend it. Judy Muir, Outings Leader.
You are invited to join the Sierra Club and Oregon Parks & Recreation on this 2 mile loop around a double water fall with commanding views of the Gorge, photo of which appeared on the back page of yesterday’s Oregonian section A, celebrating recently added “Wilderness” designation to places near our homes.
While Earth Day #29 is Wednesday April 22nd, we’re celebrating early Saturday April 18th. Future Trail Tending Saturdays planned for later this year are June 20th, August 15th and October 17th.Tools are supplied or bring your own loppers, shovels &c. Casual but important work lasts 4 to 6 hours, with volunteers frequently gathering afterward for a late lunch at McMenamins Edgefield.
All are welcome, including children when they bring their parent or legal guardian. Bring work gloves, water and snack to suit. Carpools leave Gateway Park & Ride at 8:20 am from the south entrance to the MAX Gateway Park & Ride parking structure located just east of I-205 at 1321 NE 99th Ave, 97220; between Halsey and Glisan. Or meet at 9 am at the trailhead parking area: Take I-84 east to exit #28 leading to Historic Crown Point Hwy. Turn right at the triangle and head west 3 miles to the trailhead; passing Bridal Veil and Shepherds Dell along the way.
RSVPs are nice to help Glenn plan tools, or just show up. Leader: Dave Bybee; DaveBybee@oregon.sierraclub.org, 360-993-4247. If you’d like to be added to Dave’s private email list for timely reminders, just send him a simple “Latourell” email.
After Nathan explained wood sorrell, while cleaning out under a trail bridge, Glenn Littrell (Oregon Parks and Recreation) handed Nathan a salamander – which Nathan had never seen before. It was a rewarding day for everyone, which is why I hold outings so close to my heart. Dave Bybee