One of our ramblings this fall included the west fork of Thompson River in the Cabinet Mountains. Perhaps someone may find these interesting.
Seems this road needed some pretty heavy protection from rock slides. After observing the huge dents in the top bars, it occurred to me that the trick must be to be somewhere else when those happen!
It adds a little more to the experience when you hike or hunt in Grizzly country! I have to say I’m impressed by the inter-department cooperation in producing and maintaining this signage! It’s also interesting to contemplate the nearly universal acceptance of Grizzlies (which are extremely dangerous to humans) compared to some of the completely irrational rejection of wolves (which aren’t).
While on our wanderings today we ran across this pretty thing on a cold river pond.
I’m far from being an expert on the subject, but judging from the pink bill among other things, I believe this is an immature Whistling (Tundra) Swan. (Photo taken on Thompson River not far from Bend.)
On a hunt today, as I hiked along the Murr Creek trail and looked at the creek splashing and cascading through its canyon far below and wished it were easier to get down there (and that I had lashed my tripod to my pack), I remembered that I hadn’t posted this photo taken a couple weeks ago on Spring Creek, 50 miles away, but still in the Cabinet Mountains. It will have to do for now until the weather clears. (I’ll probably hunt in snow tomorrow.)