September 28, 2017 Bend, Oregon

Exploring the Cascades

Below Sahalie Falls
Below Sahalie Falls

With some wonderful autumn weather presenting itself, I drove about 80 miles north of Bend to check on foliage on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. While traveling south on Route 126 towards Belknap I happened to stop to check out a couple of waterfalls along the way, Koosah Falls and Sahalie Falls.

Sahalie Falls
Sahalie Falls

Unfortunately, instead of my camera gear, I only took Sam along with me for a longer than expected, though still short, walk along the trail to Koosah Falls. I did take the camera gear down the trail to Sahalie Falls and will be going back to revisit both falls on a better day for water shots, less in the way of perfect blue skies.

Oregon Foliage
Oregon Foliage

Mostly coniferous forests here in Oregon, so fall foliage is certainly not the same as back in New Hampshire, but if you search long enough, there are some stretches of mixed forest here and there, and that is the case along Route 126.

Oregon Foliage
Oregon Foliage
Kayakers on Clear Lake
Kayakers on Clear Lake
Lava Fields Foliage
Lava Fields Foliage

The one thing here that is unavailable in New Hampshire is a shot of fall foliage in a lava field. Throughout the Cascades there are many large lava fields and the pioneer plants that take hold in these fields do tend to be deciduous shrubs and trees.

Yesterday I completed round 5 of 6 of my chemo treatments at the Bend Memorial Clinic. One more three treatment round and I will be swapped over to a Revlimid maintenance treatment and taken off the steroids and other chemo drugs. Might take a couple more weeks here in Bend to get the new maintenance dosage adjusted since my oncologist plans on starting off with some pretty low dosages. So it is looking like early November before making my escape from Bend for warmer climes.

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8 thoughts on “September 28, 2017 Bend, Oregon”

  1. if you get a chance go visit Proxy falls, you were in the general area near the other falls. not sure about the hiway right now as it is near the bottom of the hiway 242 which i think is closed due to the fire damage repairs. you have to hike about 1/4 back into it, then for best view work your way down near the falls. one of the best falls in Oregon, very large, not sure how big they are but at least 100 ft wide I would think. but not huge amount of water coming over it. you can find some pics by googling it. good luck on rest of treatments, you should be ok with weather in getting out of Bend in Nov. we dont usually head south till Dec when we go. just watch the roads.

    1. Thanks for the tip. Am planning on heading back up there Monday and will try to get in there. 242 is closed, but I will see if I can reach the falls. Thanks again.

  2. I continue to be amazed by your photos! Love the one with the kayakers. Are you still working on the acrylics? I thought your paintings were very good. Hope the medical treatments continue to go well and you are able to head south before weather turns too cold.

    1. Am presently working on two acrylic paintings, both something new and challenging ( for me ). Struggling with both, but will post them when I finally overcome my problems with each of them. May be a while.

    1. She may be rather small but truly is a lot of company. Her walk in the woods to the falls was her first venture out of our small yard here at the hospital and I had forgotten how much she enjoys pretending she’s a real dog sniffing around for scents along the trail and chasing squirrels.

  3. HOPE your doing much better. Enjoyed those photos. We will be in Rancho Mirage CA this winter so call if in the area. 603-369-0520. Al

    1. Might well be passing through that area on my way south later this year or on my way back north in late winter. I am also thinking about trying to catch the elephant seals in Jan. at San Simeon, something I haven’t seen yet, so may be passing through then also. Will call if in the area, thanks Al.

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