The day after Thanksgiving Day. The promise of warm sunshine on the south-facing slopes on the east side of the Columbia River Gorge.
A blacktail buck soaking up the rays. Ravens and eagles riding the thermals near the towering rimrock cliffs, looking for the next meal to catch.
Pretty blue skies seemingly stretching forever.
The remnants of a stretch of old road chiseled out of the cliffs, a short-lived experiment to use convicts for construction work a century ago.
The eight-mile loop hike east of Lyle was a beauty. I extended the hike by following game trails and old roads on the high ridges above the Columbia River.
Stopping at the site of the long-removed cherry orchard, I ate a snack and enjoyed the views.
A very nice way to spend a day.
I’m happy to see that you were out on Friends of the Gorge property, John. I love hiking there in the fall and winter. We are purchasing another 60 acres in our current land campaign. This will open up options for some amazing new trails and views.
It’s a truly special part of the world.
Keep up the great work at the Friends!