Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon

The weather forecast for today was not extending the hand of hiker friendship. In fact, it was petulant and gloomy. If I’d bought into its warnings and watches, what proved to be an exceptionally nice day on Upper Table Rock would have been forsaken. With The LovedOne entangled in the skeins of the annual Rose City Yarn Crawl, some geocaching seemed like an appropriate way to fill the void. Poking around looking for little slips of paper in small containers has its moments, which are all that much better when the weather surprises you with niceness. Hunting for the caches took me into seldom visited (and ecologically fascinating) areas of the plateau and I didn’t see anyone else until I got back to the main trail.  There is a lot of water up there, not just in the vernal pools, but everywhere; which speaks well for an exuberance of wildflowers in April and May.

Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
The abandoned section of Pumice Lane goes under
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A vernal pool fills
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A small stream courses through an oak woodland
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Snow lingers in the forest
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A lichen rocks!
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Frogs chorus in the ephemeral pond
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Clouds overshoot a vernal pool
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Mount McLoughlin looms beyond a pool
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A meadow of future wildflowers awaits the Spring
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