Well, this year’s trifecta of oppressive heat, foul smoke, and destructive conflagration got off to an early, and strong, start. Air temperatures over 100°F (37°C) in late May and onward from there. And it looks like this trifecta is going to be with us for awhile. 😢 If we want a shot at hiking in clearer air and cooler temperatures, we’ll have to go high and hope that the ever shifting winds don’t push smoke at us.

Visits to higher realms are planned but today there was only time for yet another early morning stroll through the Forest, which is dry and crinkly and dusty. Only the tiny trickle of water still lingering in Jackson Creek recalled cooler and moister times.

As we hiked, we could hear heavy air tankers departing the Medford Tanker Base to attack the huge wildfire burning to the east.

On the way to Cantrall Creek
Leaf I
Leaf II
Leaf III
Leaf IV
Leaf V (with fly)
On the Halls of Manzanita Trail
Looking east from the Grotto Trail – Smoke with a view (Lower (1) and Upper (2) Twin Peaks)
Through madrones on the Grotto Trail
Madrone I
Madrone II
Madrone III
Madrone IV
Madrone IV
Along Jackson Creek
Jackson Creek
Water I
Water II
Water III