A beautiful day on the east side of the Cascade Mountains.
I was on the way to Colorado Rapids, a scenic stretch of the Deschutes River and a well-known location to rafters and steelheaders.
As I hiked the three mile trail along the River, the smells and sights were surreal. The warm sunshine was bringing out the lilting songs of little birds, a palette of colors of blooming wildflowers, a variety of butterflies and even a snake or two.
After a nice lunch (maybe a little nap too) I ascended to a rails-to-trail above the River and then an enjoyable climb to Ferry Springs. Odd to hear a chorus of frogs in the desert country.
Springtime on the east side of the Columbia River Gorge – – – it lifts the spirit like nothing else.
And, thanks to Matthew Shepherd at the Xerces Society for help with the insects. Several of the butterflies were rare for Oregon.