The road to Portland

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Monday, August 23, 2010

'Allo,   Turns out with no humidity, low night temperatures, and only mildly sweat inducing activities, baby powder is a fine shower.  The river awaits tomorrow!

OK, The Mission.  My spiritual guide Lisa told me that the Ave. of the Giants was cool but I had to experience the Trillium Falls trail south of Crescent City.  It was in Fern Valley, near Elk Prairie and evoked "Land of the Lost" for those old enough to remember the tv show.  So I only did half the Ave., spent the night in front of an old church near HSU and headed to the Falls early Sunday.  The mountains changed again and I started to get glimpses of the shore, very beautiful.  Basically everything up here is a state or national park.  Completely gorgeous, completely inaccessable.  There is nothing up here, it's like the U.P.  Truly amazing from a Michigander's perspective it should be packed with people but there's nothing up here and it's tough to get to, it makes for an awesome feeling to be a small part of it all.

So I get to the Trillium Falls trail @ 8:30am.  NObody there.  I had listened to the radio station they had set aside to warn you that Elk are wild animals and sre unpredictable, do not approach an Elk!  I head out to the trail thinking it is a paved thing and realize that no, it is indeed a fine trail that is single file and you enter in quite a tunnel like opening heading into the old growth forest.  I'm all hopped up on Elk awareness and head into the woods.  Halfway there I hear/see a crashing in the brush with something running up and away from me.  I jump 3 or 4 steps down the trail trying to figure out what it was.  It was certainly not an elk, it was under the brush, it was black... Lisa said there were wild pigs, but that didn't seem right.  It stopped, I stopped, I looked at the brush and realize it was a huge blackberry patch, I look through the brush and see that I had interrupted a small bear at his breakfast!  My adrenaline was rushing but I pulled out my camera and took two pictures, I can't tell until I see it when I get home but I hope you can see his face in the brush.

So I'm thinking holy shycks, I'm alone, ain't nobody out here I must be crazy!  Then I walk into the most incredible 5 hours of my life.  I started out in hunter's mode figuring I'd see trouble before it saw me, then I realized that anything could have killed me as I was laying on the forest floor taking pictures, oblivious of anything except the beauty of my surroundings!  Every once in a while I would look around thinking "this could be up northern MI" then I would turn around a corner and see a monster...BAM a tree your brain can't wrap it's head around.  The falls were small, but the walk was worth the drive!

Next part is quick with a lot of pictures.  I next hit the Oregon shore.  It is immediately different from CA.  Mostly firs and evergreens, much rockier, and incredible huge "haystack" rocks out in the water, wild rolling waves crashing against abandoned shores truly awe inspiring.  I hit 3 or 4 beach towns taking pictures and walking.  I looked for WiFi outside of hotels and realized I needed a dose of a city.  The scenery was out of this world but desolate and inaccessable.

I hit the road towards civilization and away from the coast thinking I would crash in Eugene but I kept going and ended up just south of Portland.  Today I explored Portland and I am headed to Mt. Hood or Columbia River gorge tomorrow, then back to Portland for another day, then head back to Hopland to rest up with Allen and Lisa.  Seattle will have to be another trip.  So much to do, I have no regrets!

Many pics of Trillium Trail

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hof on

did you train the bear to take those pictures of you? Well done!!

Don't forget - - - Jack Hanna recommends a couple of cans of pepper spray for those isolated hikes -

I didn't realize you were going so far north! What a trip! Good to hear from you today - sounds like you are super relaxed and taking full advantage of your opportunity.

Travel safely - although how much damage can you do @ your 35 mph max?

Nancee on

No way man! Safety first for me. Ain't going into wild woods without proper equipment and that for me is a big gun and someone who knows how to shoot it. Good thing that bear was busy eating berries and not interested in having meat for dinner. Stay safe!!

Leah on

Oh my gosh! This is my favorite entry so far, it sounds like an amazing adventure!!! That is the coolest thing ever that you got to see a real bear out in the wilderness. Good thing it was preoccupied.. Stay safe! Love you and miss you!

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