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by bobcat
July 15th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lewis River and Quartz Creek
Replies: 9
Views: 359

Re: Lewis River and Quartz Creek

Ah, but edible as in relief of starvation or edible as in gustatory delight? I could probably write a paragraph on each of these exploring the gustatory differences. Suffice to say, almost everyone agrees that V. membranaceum is the most delicious and easy to harvest (lots of berries on a bush, knee...
by bobcat
July 13th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lewis River and Quartz Creek
Replies: 9
Views: 359

Re: Lewis River and Quartz Creek

Scientifically, there isn't much difference between a wild "blueberry" vs. a "huckleberry" vs. a "cranberry" etc.: They're all in the genus Vaccinium . Dean is correct - the common names seem to relate to coloring. These are our local species: V. membranaceum: black berries "black huckleberry" V. ov...
by bobcat
July 12th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lewis River and Quartz Creek
Replies: 9
Views: 359

Re: Lewis River and Quartz Creek

Love those big trees at Quartz Creek! I remember when I had to climb over those things . . .

Your first photo of Lower Falls is poster quality, probably the best I've seen of those falls.
by bobcat
July 12th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Gearhart Mountain (Fremont-Winema N.F.) 6-29-18
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Gearhart Mountain (Fremont-Winema N.F.) 6-29-18

This was the last stop on a loop around the southeastern part of the state. Gearhart Mountain, in the wilderness of the same name, is an ancient, very weathered shield volcano with long gentle ridges and large cirque bowls. I camped overnight at Corral Springs (free, no drinking water) after stoppin...
by bobcat
July 12th, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.

UPDATE: according to the Facebook herp ID group, my salamander friend is a Ambystoma gracile. The common name is boringly common: northwestern salamander. Neotenic type. Sorry to say, your search for a Cope’s may have to continue. Glad you checked on that with the experts - although this one would ...
by bobcat
July 9th, 2018, 1:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bull of the Woods: Bagby->Twin Lakes->(Almost) Lookout
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: Bull of the Woods: Bagby->Twin Lakes->(Almost) Lookout

Nice hike, taking in some of the best features of Bull of Woods and avoiding most of the fire-scorched areas. Some day, we'll have to get a crew in to brush out the Bagby Trail leading up to Silver King Lake.
by bobcat
July 9th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.

Great overnighter and one of my favorite areas!

Your salamander looks very much like a Cope's giant salamander, right on the eastern edge of its range. Wow - I've never seen one, but now I know where to look!
by bobcat
July 9th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: GoalTechHikes Norway Pass/Mt Margaret/Mt Whittier/Lakes Loop (Mt St Helens/Spirit Lake) 070718
Replies: 18
Views: 526

Re: GoalTechHikes Norway Pass/Mt Margaret/Mt Whittier/Lakes Loop (Mt St Helens/Spirit Lake) 070718

A most spectacular report! It's too far for me to go as a day hike (and I ain't getting up at 1:00 a.m.!), so I'd need to plan ahead and camp out nearby or backpack in to the lakes like most of the hikers you probably met that day. On your flower IDs: 1) Rhododendron looking plant is indeed a white ...
by bobcat
July 7th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge 6-26-18
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge 6-26-18

retired jerry wrote:
July 7th, 2018, 10:19 am
Did you try the hot springs?
Yes, of course. I used the outdoor pool (last picture in the Barnhardy sequence), which is just as hot as the stone-walled structure and offers much better views!
by bobcat
July 7th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge 6-26-18
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge 6-26-18

I camped a night under rustling aspens on Bond Creek in the Hart Mountain NAR. The next day, I did a couple of shorter hikes, both described in Sullivan’s Eastern Oregon guide, before moving on. Pronghorn, Hart Mountain.jpg Tent, Hot Springs, Hart Mountain.jpg Western blue flag (Iris missouriensis),...