Whychus Creek is a wild, tumbling tributary of the Deschutes River with three branches fed by the glaciers of the Three Sisters Mountains. It was used extensively by Native American populations. The trailhead is on a high ridge overlooking the creek and forest. The trail drops steeply until reaching the trail far below. Steelhead historically spawned in the gravel beds of the creek until the dams were built on the… Read More »Whychus Creek
It’s hard to imagine Bend without Drake Park, so on this 4th of July the Guardians thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history. Though the Park was named for Alexander Drake, the founder of Bend, it was actually May Arnold who personally gathered 1500 signatures in a town of a little over 5000 that started the ball rolling on the establishment of the park. An… Read More »Happy 4th of July – Drake Park History
The Guardians often see the larvae of the Pandora Moth pictured in our last blog crossing the trails in the Central Oregon. They are hard to miss, a fat, finger-size worm slowly wriggling across the trail. First described in 1863, they are natives to western United States. The larvae feed on the ponderosa and lodge pole pine and can create significant deforestation. The moths live about two years, first appearing… Read More »The Pandora Moth
Here’s a few more pictures of one of the Guardians’ favorite hikes. The girls admire a pine squirrel that was chatting with them. The trail has an area of thick Bracken Ferns throughout the summer. Above the burn the old growth trees are beautiful. Lily’s telling Dad it’s time for a drink. Bella admires some of the wild Lupine on the trail. It’s common to see the larva of Pandora… Read More »More Memories of Farewell Trail
One of the Guardians’ favorite hikes is Farewell Trail. Located not far from Tumalo Falls, the 6.2 mile round trip snakes up 1,129 feet through a wondrous stand of old growth Ponderosa Pine. It’s a great workout with views of Broken Top and the forest expanse below. Next Saturday another urban hike.
Taking the forest road south out of Sisters, Oregon, the trail head for Peterson Ridge can be found on the left as soon as you leave the city limits. Parking is a little sketchy, but it’s a great trip either on foot or on mountain bike. There are number of rocky outcroppings that the Guardians love to climb and that give wonderful views of the surrounding forest and mountains in… Read More »Peterson Ridge
So far we discussed the basics of canine nutrition, and today we’ll look at several ways you may choose to feed your buddy. The way you feed your dog will depend on several factors. How seriously do you consider your own nutrition? How much time do you have to devote to preparing dog food? Finally, how much money can you spend feeding your pup? The least demanding and cheapest is… Read More »Summary: What Should You Feed Your Dog?
South Sister is a 10,363 foot mountain peak west of Bend, Oregon. There’s a well-worn, 12.2 mile round-trip trail leading to the summit, and on this frigid September morning the Guardians explored it. I say ‘South Sister Trail’ because the Guardians’ mission to reach the top was unsuccessful. The early morning trail was dark and spooky, but Crazy Lil enjoyed playing on the logs. The trail got steeper but there’s… Read More »The South Sister Trail
I believe the vast number of dog owners work hard to feed their buddies as well as they feed themselves, or even better. If money were no object I’m sure most pet parents would feed their buddies top-quality, and top price, food. Alas, it is not so. Those of us with dogs are well aware that expenditures seem to increase exponentially with the addition of another mouth to feed. It’s… Read More »What’s the best way to feed your dog?
As Secret Agents of the Wilderness, the Guardians are lucky to hike great trails in the Central Oregon Cascades. One question the Guardians frequently encounter concerns running into wild animals. Most of the animals we encounter, like deer, elk, rabbits and squirrels, are fun to watch. The Guardians and I were very lucky on Black Crater to see an American Martin, sometimes called Pine Martin. A day hike with lots… Read More »Life on the Trails: Animals of Note