Daniel Fox / Wild Image Project Presentation

24 09 2010

Please join me and Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe in hosting National Geographic / BBC / Argentine government sponsored wildlife photographer Daniel Fox in a presentation in Portland, September 29th, 2010!

Daniel just returned to Portland after more than six months on an expedition in Argentina documenting its rarest and most endangered wildlife and habitat. Daniel is known far and wide for his gift at capturing emotive images from the world’s wildest places.

He’s also a talented copy editor. His work is highly honored. And he has agreed to give us a presentation! I have engaged Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe to allow us to do the presentation at their boathouse location.

When:        September 29th, 2010

Where:      Alder Creek Kayak Canoe Boathouse, 1515 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR, 3rd Floor

Time:         6:30 p.m.

Refreshments provided by Alder Creek! Beer, wine, snacks!





Waldo Lake Video

20 09 2010

Here is a five minute video of our Waldo Lake trip put together by Tim McRobert! Enjoy…!

It’s on YouTube…Tim’s Waldo Lake 2010 video





Waldo Lake – Labor Day Weekend – Sunday…

17 09 2010

All the prior week the forecast was for the weather at Waldo Lake to turn cloudy and cooler for Sunday. Forecast high was 53. So those of us heading down there Friday were expecting to just make Sunday breakfast and leave! But April checked out the forecast using her Android phone Saturday evening and all changed for the better.

Sunday broke beautiful and the weather was blue sky! Warm! Nice! No longer in the mood to rush home – we lingered instead! Saturday evening I had even put away some stuff that I didn’t want to pack wet, like my hammock. Hahahah. It came right back out Sunday morning and I re-set it between two trees where it gave a fabulous view!

South Sister looked fabulous from our campsite peninsula. From another vantage point Middle Sister is also in view as well as Mount Bachelor.

Sunday breakfast for ten was quite the production. We used four stoves…one for coffee…we kept it coming…one for bacon…one for pancakes…one for omelets! Nobody went hungry!

We made pancakes topped with huckleberries we gathered Saturday. The food kept on coming and we chowed down!

The sun continued to rise in the eastern sky, warming our hearts. Some of us would depart in the afternoon but nobody was hurrying – we slowly packed up and took in the view and the sun. My hammock was never empty. Canoes plied the waters in front of our site.

April and Phil stayed on to Monday as the forecast called for even warmer weather! The rest of us left, choosing to take Monday to clean up and unpack. It was the best Waldo Lake trip ever!





Waldo Lake 2010 Saturday

12 09 2010

We awoke to a glorious day at Waldo Lake. I didn’t use my tent fly so I had a sky view all night – except for the fact that I wore a sleeping mask and used ear plugs. So, when I awoke it seemed dark, until I pulled off the mask to reveal a bright, gorgeous morning! The light shone some of the gorgeous early fall leaves and the colors of the moss on the rocks.

The day’s breakfast called for granola, yogurt and fruit. So we laid out blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, banana and the granola on the kitchen counter…and went at it. Now that was a satisfying meal!

Joe had a good area map and an idea about where to paddle. The plan, which I never heard about, turned out to be that we’d paddle north to a rust-colored beach where a trail comes down to the lake. Then, lunch, and hike up the trail to check out a higher lake and harvest some huckleberries! I never packed any hiking shoes, so my fate was sealed. Nevertheless, the others were to embark on a hike and get it all in.

We packed up the boats and took off from our little beach behind the campsite.

Nearing the destination, we checked out the beautiful water and the unusual rust colored rocks that seemed to be in this cove, but nowhere else on Waldo Lake.

They provided a real show of how clear Waldo Lake is!

Lunch was not an entirely primitive affair. Oh, no…Michael had a wheel of brie cheese with artisan bread…

And Joe added some wine to the lunch! Now that was some lunch.

Soon after the group headed up and out to the hiking trail and then the lake. They’d gather many berries for Sunday’s pancakes!

Not to quit early, after the hike they embarked an another kayak trip up to the far reaches of the lake where it empties to start the middle fork of the Willamette River!

Back at camp, Tim, Francis and I started preparing the burrito bar, which was our main course for dinner! The bar consisted of bell peppers, onion, chicken, refried beans, rice, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, olives, and salsa…

We ate HEARTILY, and enjoyed hanging around the fire!

Then just when we thought we were stuffed, Joe brought out the dessert. Which was warmed peaches with cream topped with Cointreau. YUM!

The dreaded dishwashing ensued…guess it couldn’t be avoided…! Anyway the stars twinkled above – it was a glorious evening. We looked forward to another eventful day Sunday.





Waldo Lake Friday! Paddling in a Sea of Stars

10 09 2010


What better place to hold an end of summer Labor Day weekend kayak camping trip than Waldo Lake! It is one place guaranteed to provide a crowd-free experience! I scheduled three days for my PaddleNW Meetup group and 10 guests participated.

We weren’t disappointed. Friday Laura, myself, and Tim banged out an early departure from Portland to secure the group’s spot. I knew of a pretty peninsula with an easy landing beach that had another campsite one-minute walk away. If we could score that spot, all 10 of us could easily camp and share a single kitchen.

The drive went 100% smoothly for once! No traffic jams nor accidents. The three of us arrived about 2:00. That left plenty of time to pack the kayaks and enjoy a nice day on Waldo Lake.

The forecast was for Friday to be the warmest day followed by a sunny chillier day Saturday and then cloudy/even more cold Sunday. We were motivated to enjoy all we could Friday.

The waters at Waldo are a blue, sometimes purple blue I’ve never seen anywhere else. It’s one of the four most pure lakes in the world. Those lakes are Baikal (Russia), Crater Lake (Oregon), Tahoe (California) and Waldo. Waldo doesn’t have any incoming streams. The water comes from snowmelt and underground springs.

We packed up the boats at the Shadow Bay boat launch, and then headed out onto the lake. This was to become the best Waldo Lake weekend ever!

The campsite I had in mind is on a peninsula just south of Rhododendron Island, with a beach landing. Plus it’s got a 2nd site steps away. As the leader of this trip I was a bit concerned that one of my sites would already be taken – and then we’d need to occupy separate sites where paddling between them would be required for shared meals.

As Tim, Laura and I grew closer to my preferred site, I witnessed paddlers approaching on the other side of the peninsula so I sprinted to go ashore before they did! My concerns were unfounded – these were merely day paddlers! That meant we were to get both sites – perfect!

The peninsula site is spread out with a “kitchen” consisting of a flat log suspended above

two “couch” logs – so cooking equipment can be spread out all along its length.

With the spot secured we set about making it our weekend base camp and then waited for the rest of our party. Jessie, April, and Joel made it without incident. Francis and Michael went off to the further south end of the lake and took quite a while to find us…

Joe Yuska arrived much later at night. It was so clear and still he told us we really should paddle by starlight…we did, and it was so dark and still, the lake reflected the sky – and you’d think you were paddling in a sea of stars!