Heather Lake and travels 2011


Rock Point Bridge, west of Gold Hill, OR 7/22/2011<br />My 1947 friend Ray Jore lived nearby and I visited him during summers in 1948-1949. This marker explains the bridge history. It reads: Rock Point Bridge, The first toll bridge near this site was built before 1859. The wooden covered bridge was at one time operated by the Rock Point Bridge Company. It was later purchased by Jackson County and operated as a free bridge until it was replaced by te present Old Pacific Highway Bridge.Rock Point Bridge, west of Gold Hill, OR 7/22/2011<br />My 1947 friend Ray Jore lived nearby and I visited him during summers in 1948-1949. The Gold Hill water intake appears to be just downstream from the bridge.<br />I once fished from those rocks on the north side, and a large salmon jumped out of the water next to me and I almost fell into the river due to the surprise.Rock Point Bridge, west of Gold Hill, OR 7/22/2011<br />My 1947 friend Ray Jore lived nearby and I visited him during summers in 1948-1949. The modern bridge is very substantial, and looks to be good for a long future.Rock Point Bridge, west of Gold Hill, OR 7/22/2011<br />My 1947 friend Ray Jore lived nearby and I visited him during summers in 1948-1949. That relic wooden post stub was probably part of the original wooden bridge.Rock Point Bridge, west of Gold Hill, OR 7/22/2011<br />My 1947 friend Ray Jore lived nearby and I visited him during summers in 1948-1949. The Rogue River flows past the bridge and Ray Jore was trying to decide on buying a rubber raft to float the Rogue to the ocean or to buy a tethered model airplane with his savings. I wanted him to buy the raft, but he chose the plane instead. That may have saved our lives (grin).Rock Point Bridge, west of Gold Hill, OR 7/22/2011<br />My 1947 friend Ray Jore lived nearby and I visited him during summers in 1948-1949. Looking up river from the bridge, toward Gold Hill. Ray graduated from the Gold Hill HS in 1950, class of maybe six kids! I graduated from Washington HS in L.A. that same year with a large class of maybe 200 kids!A "Cow Sculpture" along I-5 Hwy, in the mythical State of Jefferson between Shasta City and Yreka, CA Jul 24, 2011 This landmark has graced the field for several decades, and gets appropriate decorations for holidays. It looks better from a distance.... A view of Mt Shasta, as seen on Hwy I-5 between Shasta City and Yreka, CA.<br />Jul 24, 2011 This is the view that the cow gets....Indian Pipes emerging at home, Snohomish, WA Jul 25, 2011Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Many giant tree stumps here from long ago forest harvests.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Fran always climbs these things....Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Gnarley trunks.....Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />I look diminutive alongside these big trees.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />We always seeem to take a picture here by the upturned tree base. Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Another overturned tree base as a backdrop.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Hard to count the rings, but I'm guessing 100+ years.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />This popular trail has several boardwalks over rough (wet) patches.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Most trails in this wet forest area have roots galore to trip the unwary.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Roots make you be careful, as they can easily trip you.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Ankle turn prospects are real here.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Fran likes the balance improvements those trekking poles provide.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Lots of steps gaining the altitude to the lake. Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Skunk cabbage is a good sign, almost to the lake!Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Ground dogwood and bistort?Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Ah, sublime bliss with grand views, but here were lots of gnats.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Steep surfaces around te lake, and some rock spires on the rim.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />The waterfalls in the shadows were making music in this bowl.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Warterfalls in the shadows were quite pretty to see.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Heather lake is a worthy place to visit, but those gnats today were a nuisance.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />The regions near the rim were quite interesting and steep. Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Ground dogwood.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Skunk CabbageRon & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />This patch of skunk cabbage is very near to the lake.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Jelly lichen, which turns to liquid when you touch it! Those on the right were "tested" with a finger poke!Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Another boardwalk section along the way.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />A gnarley tree resting spot.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />A few giant trees remain, with lots of ferns as well.Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Those notches were made to support springboards, where sawyers stood to cut the trees. Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Can someone help name this flower?Ron & Fran hike to Heather Lake, near Robe, WA 7/30/2011<br />Nurse stumps....

These are images by Ron Black using his HS10 Fuji "Bridge" camera.   This is a light easy to carry camera with a very wide range zoom lens, convenient to have along on a long hike.

These are images from my July 2011 travels through Oregon and Northern California,  plus a hike to Heather Lake in Snohomish County, WA.

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