Jun 04

May Adventures-9
May was a busy month. I had three main activities that consumed my time.

1. Adventure Cycle Association Leadership Course

This course is required by those who wish to lead ACA tours, but is also an excellent source of information for leading one’s own bicycling adventures. The classes were held at Champoeg State Park in Oregon, south of Portland and along the Willamette River. It was three packed days of most classwork, but also with short rides mixed in. Much discussion was held in discussing the ACA philosophy of leadership, being that of allowing tour participants much freedom of individual decisions and responsibility. The ACA regimen of daily cycling activity, and conflict resolution were also discussed. I had a great time, met some delightful people, and hope to be assisting in the leadership of tours soon.

The Willamette River at Champoeg State Park

The Willamette River at Champoeg State Park

Camping at Champoeg State Park; my tent is on the far left

Camping at Champoeg State Park; my tent is on the far left

Classroom discussion with Joyce

Classroom discussion with Joyce

Wally and the staff make dinner

Wally and the staff make dinner

Chowing down

Chowing down

2. Dayton, WA bicycling

It has been several years since Russ A. and I have gone to Dayton, WA for bicycle riding. Another friend of Russ, Pete, also comes with, and is a great complement to the rides. This year, our first ride was loop down to Walla Walla, starting from Howie’s cabin, half way from Dayton up to the Bluewood Ski Resort. The second day was a mountain bike ride up into the Blue Mountains, and a most serious grunt. The third day took us to Starbuck, and north of Dayton. The weather was perfect, and rides were most delightful.

Second day mountain bike ride, just after a beastly climb

Second day mountain bike ride, just after a beastly climb

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Russ at home in the Blue Mountains

Russ at home in the Blue Mountains

3. Hikes to Indian Henry’s — two variations

On two consecutive weekends, Jon and I hiked up to Indian Henry’s hunting grounds, a most beautiful spot on the timberline of Mount Rainier. The first hike took the Kautz Creek route, which goes straight up a ridge following Kautz Creek up to Indian Henry’s, wrapping around Mt. Ararat. The top photo is of Mt. Ararat engulfed in clouds. On this hike, the weather was overcast, and we could not see the mountain. Close to Indian Henry’s, we hit much snow, which eventually led us to turn back. The second weekend, we followed the Wonderland Trail going counter-clockwise around the mountain. The weather was spectacular, and most of the snow at Indian Henry’s had since melted. The views of the mountain were awesome.

Flowers

Flowers

More flowers

More flowers

And More flowers

And More flowers

Jon on the Kautz Creek hike

Jon on the Kautz Creek hike

Me on the Kautz Creek hike

Me on the Kautz Creek hike

Approaching Indian Henry's. Lots of flowers and little snow.

Approaching Indian Henry’s. Lots of flowers and little snow.

Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds via the Wonderland Trail

Indian Henry’s Hunting Grounds via the Wonderland Trail

Leaving Indian Henry's

Leaving Indian Henry’s

We camped here before on the Wonderland Trail, and will be camping here again in August when we do the Wonderland Trail again.

We camped here before on the Wonderland Trail, and will be camping here again in August when we do the Wonderland Trail again.

 

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One Response to “The Merry Month of May, 2015”

  1. Diane C says:

    I’m jealous! dean did his first hike (not 100% carried) a few weeks ago – franklin falls. He’s getting ready to hike with Opa!

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