Clark panorama was stitched together from 10 photos using GIMP and the
Pandora plug-in. Click on the photo to get the full sized (1.4MB)
jpg image. I have created a pdf file (3MB) of the image that can be taken to a printer like Kinkos. The pdf image is 48 inches x 6.5 inches and cost me $21 to have printed.
June, 2007 - Pictures of Silver Creek Falls and a video (48MB) of North Falls
I had been wanting to get out to Silver Creek Falls
for much of the spring, but was delayed. The falls are always
beautiful, but the earlier in spring you go the more water there is
running down the creeks. This park is a very popular and somewhat
busy park. There are an abundance of picnic tables and paths
around open grass. The actual creek trail is about 8 miles,
but not many people get out and see the whole thing. There are
much shorter trails and loops that can be taken. Parking cost $3.
The pdf map shows each of the 10 falls and how to get to each one.
October, 2006 - Pictures of kayaking on Olallie Lake
Kayaking is something I have wanted to try for some time, so my boys and I finally rented three kayaks from Joe's(formerly
G.I. Joe's) and headed up to Olallie Lake. For beginners, the
deal at Joe's is excellent. You can rent a kayak, paddle,
and life vest
for only $25 a day ($35 for the tandem kayak, which I want to try next
time). Joe's lets you pick the kayak up after lunch on the
day before and return the kayak before lunch on the day after, so you
end up getting a 48 hour rental for $25.
Olallie Lake is incredible because of the view of Mt. Jefferson and
because by law no motorized boats are allowed on the lake. In
addition, there is a small store and a number of campgrounds (cost info) with outhouses. It is an excellent location to try your hand at kayaking. When traveling to Olallie take Forest Service Road 4220
down from the North rather than trying to come in from the South past
Breitenbush Lake. FSR4220 from the North is a gravel road and
will take you a good 1/2 hour, but the road is good enough that I have
seen small cars and motorcycles at Olallie Lake.
September, 2006 - Pictures of scouting for elk in the Umatilla National Forest
I took two of my children on an elk scouting trip with my
brother-in-law and two of his children. We had hoped to do some
hiking in the Wenaha-Tucannon
wilderness area, but the wilderness area was closed due to the Columbia
Complex area fire. The fire was entirely on the Washington side,
but they did close the Oregon side of the wilderness area for a couple
of days. In spite of the closure we enjoyed hiking and looking
for elk. Our party saw about a dozen elk and three deer. August, 2006 - Pictures of two hikes into Pamelia Lake
became reacquainted with backpacking this summer (2006) when I took two
different trips to Pamelia Lake in the Mt. Jefferson
wilderness area. Pamelia Lake is a limited access area, so you are
required to get a free wilderness permit before you head up.
You can call the Detroit Ranger District and
request a permit. They will mail it directly to you.
As you can see from the pictures the area is beautiful.
Keep in mind that most of the pictures were taken on day
hikes around Pamelia Lake. The pictures from Grizzly Peak
were taken on a six hour day hike where we started heading North and
West from Pamelia up the Grizzly Peak trail, hiked South along the
Grizzly Peak ridge, and returned on the trial that comes into the South
of Pamelia Lake. The pictures taken on the PCT were on a ten
hour day hike where we started heading North and East up to the PCT,
hiked South on the PCT, and then returned on the trail the comes into
the South of Pamelia Lake.