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Jul 30, 2009 - Pamelia Lake

Pamelia Lake was our hiking target today. To avoid the heat we left at 6:30 AM. The hike wound its way upward following Pamelia Stream. It was a total distance of 4.75 miles round trip. We covered 840 feet in vertical. The forest was wonderfully cool and sheltered by the towering trees. The smell of pine permeated the air as the trail wove about in a steady upward grade. Douglas pine and Western hemlock were abundant. Beautiful vistas of the cascading stream were refreshing. The water flows at a rapid rate as it tumbles over the boulder...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Detroit Reservoir

Detroit Lake is formed by a dam built on the Santiam River. The lake lies 46 miles southeast of Salem. The lake is 9 miles long and has 32 miles of shoreline. The lake lies at an elevation of about 1600 feet and supplies water for Salem and neighboring communities. The lake is situated over the historical roadbed of the Oregon Pacific Railway-but because of lack of funding resources it terminated in Idanha,OR(the site of our RV park)instead of becoming a transcontinental Railroad.Idanha had rail service until 1950 when the dam construction...

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Jul 28, 2009 - Clear Lake & McKenzie River Falls

Launching the kayaks we waded into Clear Lake and were shocked awake by the 38 de!gree water! Wow was that cold! THE lake lives up to its name-it was crystal clear and one could see the bottom which is reportedly up to 200 feet deep. The lake was formed some 3000 years ago when nearby Sand Mountain volcanically erupted and the lava flows dammed the McKenzie River. Trees standing in the valley were flooded by the eruption and their trunks still stand on the bottom of the lake preserved by the cold water-they are still visible through the...

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Jul 27, 2009 - Salem,OR

Barb and I drove the 56 miles back west to Salem. Salem is the capital of Oregon. We had to make the visit because our Honda had a mechanical problem. The car stuck in "Park" when we disconnected it from the RV. Only after much fussing were we able to disengage the shifter and move the car from the middle of the street where we had to leave it while we parked our coach. That was a fun moment-anyway Honda Salem was great as they were able to repair it right away. So an hour and a half later we were back to normal. We then went to The Mission...

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Jul 26, 2009 - Duffy & Mowich Lakes

We started our hike early to avoid the heat wave in this area. Portland was to be near 100 degrees so we got out of there in the nick of time. Detroit Reservoir area is about 3500 ft in altitude so is in the mid 80's for a high. We hiked through a beautiful Douglas fir and hemlock forest. We then followed a drainage creek upward through gorgeous grassy meadows filled with wildflowers. The mosquitoes were especially thick and we doused ourselves with Deet spray. The butterflies were numerous and colorfully gorgeous. The trail was a gentle...

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Jun 15, 2007 - You can't get there form here, Bear Baiting

One of the highlights of our Hosting stay at Clackamas Fish and Wildlife was the experience of Bear Baiting. The State of Oregon has identified a need to better determine the number, currently estimated at 25,000, of Black bears in the state. As a side note there is no other variety of bear in Oregon. Just the Black bear; Ursus americanus, "American black bear". They are the most common and smallest bears in the country. They are sometimes honey-colored, blond, brown or black. They may have a tan muzzle or white spot on their chest. In...

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