May 12-13 we headed to our favorite campsite down on the Metolius River! There is something about the Metolius River Valley. The river is so bubbly, urgently moving down the valley, so clear. Fly fisherman walk up and down the river casting their flies. Red Ponderosa Pines line the banks, and the meadows below are green, the river blue. The air is dry and the temperature is in the low 80′s. It can’t get any better than this!
We feasted! Saturday morning we do a blueberry pancake breakfast, with bacon, and strawberries and blackberries.
There’s nothing like that smell of bacon cooking at the campsite!
The hike around the lake is relaxed. High rewards and low effort. Perfect!
From the trail, you can see down into the clear waters. Today it’s not breezy. Most times I’ve visited Suttle Lake, the mountain breeze kicks in, and it can blow beachside sun shelters off.
Saturday evening we put together a stir fry bar! Lining the picnic table were little bowls filled with water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, peanuts, broccoli, onion, chicken, shrimp, carrot, pineapple, fresh green beans, with at least a dozen Asian sauces to go with them. WOW! YUM! And super easy.
Then it was time for entertainment…primitive weapons competition. We had blow dart guns, throwing axes and knives!
Check back. I have to get the weapons competition video from Lisa! I successfully threw the hatchet several times.
April Obern joined us for Saturday evening dinner and a Sunday hike on the river.
I will return to the Metolius for many years to come.