Winter day at McCall Point

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Thuja
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Winter day at McCall Point

Post by Thuja » February 2nd, 2019, 9:46 pm

Spent the day hiking a big figure-eight (-ish) from the Rowena Plateau viewpoint. The weather was splendid, with lots of people out, and grand views of Mount Adams, and even a few Grass Widows getting an early start. I always seem to make it out here same time of year, before flowers (One day I'll have to come see the show).
I was expecting wind, but there was none, dead quiet, really lovely.
Total miles down the plateau, then up past McCall point all the way to the private property line and back (wish you could hike to Sevenmile hill, so close!) was 7.25, no idea on elevation gain, but it's sweaty.
A few pictures below.
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Someone probably knows the names of all these peaks.
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Interesting pattern on dead oak wood.
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Anyone home?
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Looking North.
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Hood show's it's face through the clouds, just a little.
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Last year's yarrow with a view.
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Someone else has been using this trail! After eating some apples.
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Neon jelly fungus on some burnt trees.
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All kinds of cool things when you look close.
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A pixie world for the myopic.
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The time before wildflowers is the time of moss.
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Did not expect to see these little ones. Anyone know what they are? There were plenty.
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The early Grass Window.

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Re: Winter day at McCall Point

Post by Chip Down » February 2nd, 2019, 10:24 pm

I think that's the first flower I've seen posted this year. There should be many more in the next week or two.

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Re: Winter day at McCall Point

Post by retired jerry » February 3rd, 2019, 5:40 am

Was it ever winter?

There's supposed to be snow Monday, but just barely.

My car got frosty a couple times but the thermometer under the eaves has barely got below freezing

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Re: Winter day at McCall Point

Post by adamschneider » February 3rd, 2019, 11:33 am

Chip Down wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 10:24 pm
I think that's the first flower I've seen posted this year. There should be many more in the next week or two.
A couple weeks ago, someone posted a grass widow at Catherine Creek in the Oregon Wildflowers FB group.

Hopefully there aren't TOO many coming up already; this upcoming cold snap could whack 'em down again.

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Re: Winter day at McCall Point

Post by Thuja » February 3rd, 2019, 6:39 pm

This definitely seems early for grass widows, but doesn't it always seem early? They've got to be tough little plants to brave the early season and risk a cold snap, so if I was them I'd have evolved a way to deal with the brrrr (but if I was them, I'd also be a widow, and I'm too young for that).

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Re: Winter day at McCall Point

Post by adamschneider » February 3rd, 2019, 7:03 pm

Thuja wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 6:39 pm
(but if I was them, I'd also be a widow, and I'm too young for that).
I don't know why, but "grass widow" is a euphemism for "divorcée" or "neglected wife/mistress" or "woman whose husband sleeps around."

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Re: Winter day at McCall Point

Post by Thuja » February 3rd, 2019, 8:00 pm

adamschneider wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 7:03 pm
Thuja wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 6:39 pm
(but if I was them, I'd also be a widow, and I'm too young for that).
I don't know why, but "grass widow" is a euphemism for "divorcée" or "neglected wife/mistress" or "woman whose husband sleeps around."
I had no idea! Where, oh where is this little flower's husband?

On another note: Just read the field guide for this trail, and it's CLOSED NOV 1 THROUGH MAY 1, whoops! I seem to have a habit of hiking this trail while closed? If there was any signage, I clearly did not read it. Also, saw lots of dogs off leash - Oh boy.

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Re: Winter day at McCall Point

Post by adamschneider » February 3rd, 2019, 9:02 pm

Thuja wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 8:00 pm
On another note: Just read the field guide for this trail, and it's CLOSED NOV 1 THROUGH MAY 1, whoops! I seem to have a habit of hiking this trail while closed? If there was any signage, I clearly did not read it.
Breakin' the law, breakin' the law... ;)

The Nature Conservancy (owners of most of the McCall Point Trail, starting from where it starts going up the hill) have always closed it during the wet season to prevent erosion. However, I don't see anything about this closure on their Web site; maybe they've lifted the restriction now that they've re-routed the steeper parts of the trail?
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February 3rd, 2019, 8:00 pm
Also, saw lots of dogs off leash - Oh boy.
:cry: Dogs aren't even supposed to be ON-leash in the portion owned by TNC.

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