Mid-April, and what a day it was.
Sunshine, very little wind and too many colorful wild flowers to count.
I truly enjoyed an eight-mile, 2,000-foot elevation gain hike on the east side of Catherine Creek Canyon, mainly in open Oak Savannah.
Besides camas lilies, there were gold stars, buttercups, yellow desert parsley, larkspur, western saxifrage and naked broomrape in bloom.
As I moved into the timber on the upper ridge, I spotted much sign of deer and wild turkeys, but none were to be seen.
Great day to be in the Columbia River Gorge.