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Cee’s Which Way Challenge: The Road Less Traveled


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“I took the road less traveled by

And that has made all the difference.”

Walt Whitman

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

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Opal Creek Hike (7 miles) January 2015

Opal Creek is a preserved natural area near Detroit Lake, Oregon. It was saved from logging in a contentious battle in the 1990s. The hike is about 7 miles to the pool and back, although much of it is on an old road, which is accessible by mountain bike. The road leads to Jawbone Flats, a small community of people who study the forest, and from there branches off into trails into the wilderness. The trail to Opal Pool is beautiful, and the loop that leads partway back down the other side of the creek is gorgeous old growth forest carpeted by moss and ferns.

We didn’t anticipate the ice, and it made the path a bit treacherous, but the pool with icicles hanging over it was stunning!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

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A Cool Image for a Hot Summer Day

Foggy day in the Willamette Valley
Foggy day in the Willamette Valley

It’s been so hot in the valley. Yesterday the thermometer read 103 degrees. I realize for many out there this seems like whining, but we are weather wimps over here in Oregon. Our shorts come out when it hits 60 degrees and we can be seen running on the roads in the 50s, 40s, and even into the 30s. So 103 is kind of hot.

What I wouldn’t give for just one cool, foggy day like this one.