Another fun visit to a National Wildlife Refuge in the Willamette Valley it was. This time the destination was the Baskett Slough NWR west of Salem. This was a fun location to hike with a combination of wetlands and uplands with Oregon white oak.
Butterflies were seemingly everywhere, mainly silvery-blues. It seemed like every camas lily bloom had a blue, thumbnail-sized butterfly enjoying its pollen. White and golden-crested sparrows were singing from the fence posts. And, a three-foot long brown gopher snake made its appearance along the trail.
I hiked to the top of Baskett Butte and did a little off-trail wandering to the north. For an outing of less than two miles, it was a rare treat.