Friday Night Getaway: Smith and Bybee Lakes

10 05 2010

Smith and Bybee Lakes are an urban wildlife enclave

Ready to roll down to the put in

in North Portland, Oregon. Driving up there I thought I was headed into an industrial zone, which I was. The parking area sits right opposite a rail yard. Planes coming and going to Portland Airport glide in the distance.

Yet here is a tidy wildlife preserve tucked in the midst of all this. There is over a thousand acres of preserved wetland. Many species of birds make the place home.

Four of us met and set out onto the lakes. The weather forecast for this night was for sun – and of course they were wrong, as they have been for the past two weeks. We got there and instead of a lovely sunset the sky was full of storm cells. Nevertheless, we lucked out. We didn’t experience any rain, though all around us it looked threatening!

Sarah styling!

Heading out!

We saw five beaver dams. Lots of ospreys. Red winged blackbirds were everywhere in the trees. All in all, it was a really pleasant evening! We were glad to be there.