2017 ~ Adventures with The LovedOne

2017 Year in Review
The LovedOne is not keen on having her picture taken. I love taking her picture (and her too). This can create a bit of artistic tension when we’re out adventuring. But I have the camera and I’ve learned how to silence its shutter…


JANUARY: We stayed around Southern Oregon, doing some low-altitude dirt hikes, as well as several fun snowshoe hikes thanks to this winter’s “normal” snowfall.

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Snowshoeing near Brown Mountain, Oregon

FEBRUARY: We took advantage of a hotel deal to spend a week exploring and hiking in the sunny warmth of Death Valley National Park.

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Death Valley and Telescope Peak from Willow Canyon
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Telescope Peak from Red Cathedral in Golden Canyon

MARCH: We joined Wayne and Diane to circle the U.S. by train (Amtrak). We stopped in Washington, DC and summited its high point (Point Reno ~ all 409 feet of it) with our friend Carol.

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Wayne is smiling for a reason…
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Carol and The LovedOne summit Point Reno

APRIL: We ventured to California’s Napa Valley for a long overdue hike with our friends Ken and Julie.  We then went a little further south to hike in Henry W. Coe State Park and Pinnacles National Park.

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Julie, Ken, and The LovedOne at the end of the Moore Creek Trail
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Spring in Henry W. Coe State Park
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North Chalone Peak from the High Peaks Trail, Pinnacles National Park, California

MAY: We flew to Texas to visit Palo Duro State Park – home of the Grand Canyon of Texas – and then circled around to do some hiking in Colorado and New Mexico.

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The LovedOne gazes on the Grand Canyon of Texas at Palo Duro State Park
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On the Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
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Slot Canyon Trail, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico

JUNE: Proving that miracles are possible, we got the whole family together for a week of hiking and hanging out on Lake Superior, along with a boat trip to visit Isle Royale National Park.

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Parts of the family on Eagle Mountain, Minnesota’s high point
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Sisters on the boat to Isle Royal National Park, Michigan
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Lake Superior from Grand Portage

JULY: Our plan to enjoy some hiking locally was severely curatiled when huge wildfires blew-up in the surrounding mountains. I managed to climb Thompson Peak in California’s Trinity Alps and we were fortunate to backpack the amazing Wild Rogue Loop the week before the wildfires really got going!

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Knitting on the Wild Rogue Loop
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Atop Hanging Rock along the Wild Rogue Loop

AUGUST: We joined Wayne and Diane again for a rafting trip down the Middle Fork Salmon River and the Main Salmon River in Idaho. Despite a few days of smoke from wildfires in the Frank Church Wilderness, it was an astounding trip!

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Wayne is still smiling…
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Packing-up is hard to do…
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No, no, you can’t bring him on the raft!
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Older but tanned!

SEPTEMBER: We came home from the river only to find wildfires still pouring smoke into the Rogue Valley.  So we waived our planned at-home time and flew instead to smoke-free Nevada. There we hiked in the Ruby Mountains Wilderness and climbed Wheeler Peak (at 13,065 feet, Nevada’s 2nd tallest peak) in Great Basin National Park.

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Liberty Lake, Ruby Mountain Wilderness, Nevada
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Summit of Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park, Nevada

OCTOBER: Some wet weather rolled through and knocked down most of the wildfires, so we were at last able to go hiking locally without respirators.  Among other hikes, we did our first one on the Jack-Ash Trail, a newly built trail along the hills west of Jacksonville, Oregon. Sweet!

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Summit of Cowhorn Mountain (Willamette National Forest, Oregon), with Diamond Peak in the background
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Along the new Jack-Ash Trail near Jacksonville, Oregon

NOVEMBER: This is usually a time of transitioning weather, so we were anticipating snow and snowshoes. But not enough snow came! So we consoled ourselves with some nice local dirt hikes and explored some trails that would be “nordic” if there was enough snow.

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Anticipating enough snow for snowshoes on Table Mountain, near Hyatt Lake, Oregon

DECEMBER: No new snow came and what there was melted! So when the weather forecast called for several sunny days on the Oregon Coast (in December!?!?) we headed there to hike some headlands and beaches. The weather was great and everything was cheaper and less crowded! Not a bad way to end the year!

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Finishing the year at Cape Ferrelo near Brookings, Oregon

Hiking-wise, 2017 gave us 111 unique hikes, with 758 trail miles and 144,820 feet of elevation gain. Sounds exhausting! But we’ve already started planning stuff for 2018…

2017 Year in Review
Hike long and prosper!

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5 comments

  1. Smoke? Sorry, but breathable air is a luxury we can no longer afford, I am afraid we will just have to learn to like it.

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  2. Talking about taking pictures of the Loved One as a caption to a frog picture might add to the “artistic tension”.

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    1. It might. Fortunately, she likes frogs. Otherwise that would be about as close to life on the edge as I could get these days.

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    1. Well, what with all that train travel and rafting there wasn’t time to get in our usual 1,000 miles last year. Not to mention the smoke…

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