A little more hiking!

family-wychus-creekWe all lucked out and had Veteran’s Day free for a little exploring near the 3 Creeks area outside Sisters, Oregon. Normally I would volunteer or we’d take part in a celebration of some type honoring our veterans, but this year I needed to be in the TREES.  Desperately needed the green for my soul.  We let the teens sleep in, so that started us out right.

This new overlook had a beautiful view of the 3 Sisters mountains and  Wychus creek was just over the edge.  Always nice to have it a little overcast so we can hike hard and not overheat, but this trail was only a mile loop, so we didn’t have to worry about that.

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New trailhead signs and one says that the trail is difficult, so I wasn’t sure how Dan’s new hip would do…. but it wasn’t difficult for anyone!  Even a toddler could run it, it’s made so a wheelchair could be pushed on it, it’s really a very easy trail.  Interesting sign.

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We went further up Road 16, and saw the devastation from the wildfire again.  We’ve cut down our Christmas tree in this area before, but we won’t be doing so this year.  Hard to see, but we know the forest needs the fire and watching it all regrow will be a cool process.

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This view of 3 Creeks lake took my breath away.  Of course, then we had to hike around the lake to see it up close.  There was an old trail, so it was fairly easy.  The Tam McArthur Rim hike up there on the flat part of the mountains was calling me, but we didn’t come prepared to hike in the snow, so it will have to wait until next July. This area will get so much snow, the road won’t be passable until about that time of year.

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The trail went up the side of the mountain for awhile, and we did more off trail exploring to try to see a better view up top, but couldn’t get a clear view of the 3 Sisters.

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Yes, we threw snowballs into the lake!  They didn’t melt quickly because the water was so cold, so we were able to throw rocks at them, too.  Yes, I’m over 12, but will never stop hiking and throwing rocks.  To be outside like this, it really does nurture my soul.  I’m happy with my career, in love with my spouse, and adore my children – but this, these mountains, trees, and lakes,  I NEED them.  Lucky me, we live here, so we can enjoy it.

 

 

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