A New Year in the Forest (Jacksonville, Oregon) 17-Jan-2021

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the centre of the world. Stand in your own dooryard and you have eight thousand miles of solid ground beneath you, and all the sidereal splendors overhead.”

John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril (1908)

Well, the new year is starting out like a newborn foal trying to find its legs – somewhat unsteady at first but with the promise of a galloping future. In the meantime, the Big V (and now its more infectious variant, Big V+) remains busy out there, so we’re still staying local. Which means, of course, yet another visit to Forest Park. But it’s a new year, so we get to reset the visit counter. 🙂

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Winter Reaches the Forest (Southern Oregon) 28-Nov-2019

Two events coincided with Thanksgiving this year: the first real snow storm of the season and the end of my recovery. The long promised storm finally arrived with a bombogenastic punch of extreme low pressure, powerful winds, and howling snow. Roads closed, trees toppled (including some of ours), ski areas rejoiced. The recovery – six weeks in the making – returned me to medical normal; a mental normal remains elusive. We were sorta thankful for the snow as Southern Oregon needs the water – it just didn’t need to be delivered so FORCEFULLY. On the other hand, I was definitely thankful for finally recovering back to unrestricted hiking. 😀

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