On the Road Again

Author:

Rachel Herring

We were 20 miles outside of portland and the sun was threatening to set. We'd been looking for a place to camp for almost an hour because we were told there was National Forest land in the area but not having luck. Then, we saw a nondescript sign under a highway exit sign that said "CAMPING" and got off. There was a parking lot with some cars parked in it and people fishing out on the river so we got out to explore. Dan asked a friendly looking guy with his hands full of wildflowers if we were able to camp and he told us we were and that there was a secluded site up on the hill overlooking the river. We scrambled to pack all our stuff together and started off towards the hill. It was getting dark as we climbed up the hill mottled with chunks of lichen covered rocks and dusted with wildlflowers and grasses. When we reached the top we walked through a patch of wild roses, lilies, and blackberry bushes and out onto a clearing with a veiw of the surrounding mountains and river. The wind was strong up on the hill so we staked down the tent well and turned in for the night. When I woke up, this is what the morning greeted me with: 


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As I looked out over the river and across to the mountains I could see birds soaring and floating in the warmth of the rising sun and calling to each other with little swallows flying in and out of the cracks in the rock : 

 


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Some shots of birds soaring in the warmth of the rising sun

 

I immediately got ready for a short hike around the hilltop to explore :

 


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When I reached the patch of flowers and blackberry bushes their beauty had been illumianted by the rays of the rising sun :

 


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Wild Rose blooming

 

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Wild Rose hips

 

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A species of wild lily 

 

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Defintiely one of my top 5 campsites to date and a great first day back to the wild after sleeping indoors for 3 weeks.

 
 

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