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Riverbend Trail (last day of “vacation”)

Well, I’ve been on “vacation” for the last week.  My “vacation” has consisted of running a chainsaw, burning brush (from the aforementioned chainsaw), and getting a somewhat feeble start on building a fence.  I go back to work tomorrow and figured I better get at least ONE day of R&R on my week off (don’t feel too sorry for me; I only go back to work for 3 weeks before having 2 more weeks off, some of which will be really cool R&R, but I digress).  Not many better ways to spend the last day of “vacation” than  with my lovely daughter on a short spring hike.  She suggested Riverbend Trail near Red Bluff.  It is a nice little loop of about 5 miles without too many steep hills (good for me since I’ve put on plenty of beer weight this winter).

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The trail is pretty easy but it is composed of lots of lava rock so I’d advise good shoes and watching one’s step…20170410_riverbend-hike_blog_0013

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Pretty nice view once you reach the “top” (not like it’s some great summit you climb…the entire trail consists of a few  hundred feet of elevation change tops)…20170410_riverbend-hike_blog_0001

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Also at the top is this cool sign that says some stuff about Jedediah Smith that I may actually read next time I head up…
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We thought we’d head up on this little rock to kick back for a few minutes…
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However, the aforementioned lava rock attacked me (note to self, put a small first aid kit in the camera bag)…
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….nevermind…found the first aid kit….CHEERS!…
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The walk back down was pretty as well (unfortunately some ugly power lines DO detract from some of the scenery)…20170410_riverbend-hike_blog_0009

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Not a bad little jaunt!  Time for a couple more of those nice Hop Valley brews to close out this “vacation.”

CHEERS, PROST, PROOST, ZIGGY SOCKY!

2016 Montana Trip – Part 2 (Glacier)

On the morning of July 13, I got up and drove into Glacier National Park.  My plan was to launch my kayak at the north end of Lake McDonald, which sits just inside the west entrance, and fish for a bit before taking a drive.  However, the spot I planned to launch on the north end of the  lake was out of the question due to higher water than I expected to see in McDonald Creek.  I didn’t want to double back to the boat ramp at the south end so I just drove on, hoping to perhaps launch in Saint Mary Lake but the winds were too high once I got there so the kayak stayed atop the car (probably owing to the downpour that kept me awake in my tent all night as well). I did snap a few shots at McDonald falls just above the lake though.  It is difficult to access to photograph in its entirety but I did what I could.

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There is lots of moving water in the park.  As you might expect though most of the examples near the road are quite crowded at times…

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The Going to the Sun Road is the main drive through the park…according to the sign it is a nice drive…

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According to THIS sign there is a mountain in there somewhere (Going to the Sun Road was Going to the Clouds Road on this particular day)…

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Just your basic roadside waterfall…

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Just a few more views from the roadside…

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Last but not least, as I mentioned, that kayak never left the roof while I was in the park.  However, I DID get the bright idea to use it as a camera mount as I drove through the park.  The video below is the result.  I ended up having about 2 hours of footage so I trimmed it down and tried to sort of “time lapse” through some of it which got it down to a shade over 22 minutes.  Footage from a cheap action camera can’t do justice to the sheer splendor of the place but it gives a rough idea to anyone who hasn’t seen it.  Watch as much or as little as you’d like…

 

2016 Montana Trip – Part 1

Well, I just got back from a week on the road.  The primary mission of the trip was to spread my mom’s ashes, per her instructions in north central Montana (more on that in a later post).  I decided to work my way up there in pieces, camping at a couple locations along the way.  First stop was at Lake Coeur d’Alene where I camped at Beauty Creek Campground, near Beauty Bay.  It is a pretty little campground, with only 19 spaces.  I had a couple visitors in camp my first morning…

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After a couple evenings there, a wonderful visit and hike with a dear friend, it was time to move a few miles east.  My next stop was Flathead Lake where I camped near Bigfork Montana at Wayfarers State Park, near the north east part of the lake (which is huge).  I caught a great sunset the first night (well after 9pm at 48 degrees north latitude)…

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Of course, no trip would be complete without the shameless selfie…this was the best I could muster…

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The next day I took a little spin up the Swan River where I played a little peek-a-boo with this eagle (a GOOD eagle photo is still part of my bucket list)…

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I also took my kayak to a little lake called Echo Lake that was supposed to have good bass fishing but that only resulted me getting jostled around for a few hours by the endless stream of wakeboarders.  It was still a nice paddle and if I wasn’t so lazy I’d post a video clip.

As always, clicking any of the images above will allow you to view them larger.

More to follow from this little drive.

Wildflowers and Waterfalls

We had to be in Chico and Oroville for the past couple days to take care of some business.  We didn’t have as much time for recreation as we would have liked but we did get out for a nice stroll in North Table Mountain on Monday afternoon.  The place wasn’t in as full of bloom as I would have hoped but I it was still nice and green and a few of the small streams were still flowing.

This little waterfall caught my eye.  As were were there before ideal photography light, I had a difficult time capturing what I wanted to but I snapped a few just to give it a shot (as will all posts here you should be able to click any image to view it larger)….
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I’d say this old fence is about 20 years overdue for some maintenance…

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It was definitely a gorgeous afternoon…

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Spotted this pretty redhead playing by the creek…

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We did catch a FEW wildflowers still in bloom…

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While killing time before Tuesday afternoon’s appointment we took a spin by Lake Oroville.  Saw these fellas hanging out at the Lime Saddle Campground.  Probably a smart place for them to be since I do believe the season is open…

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I can think of way worse places for a drive home than the Feather River Canyon in the spring time.   We pulled over a couple times and snapped a some shots of a couple of the seasonal waterfalls that dump into the river this time of year…

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The new (to us) Grand Cherokee seems like it is going to run for us.  Hoping it takes us to many more great destinations over the next several years…
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