Oregon Road Trip – Day 5 – Portland, OR to Pacific City, OR

Sarah & I woke up early, had a quick breakfast, said our goodbyes, and were on the road at 8:30, heading west toward Tillamook. The drive was only about 90 minutes, and was very pretty as well as traffic-free once we cleared the Portland metro area.

Tillamook Cheese Factory
A tourist-trap for cheese addicts like myself

(warning, this is a lonnnnng post with many pictures!)

Hiking from Wright’s Lake to Twin Lake (Desolation Wilderness, California)

Unlike most camping trips, we decided to do only one hike during our recent visit to Wright’s Lake, partly because we wanted to relax, and partly because our friends Deb & Terry were planning on 7 days of backpacking right after we finished camping, and they understandably didn’t want to start tired!

Since this is a long post with a lot of photos….

Palo Alto Baylands birding

I swung by the Baylands on Wednesday evening, having not been there in a few weeks. It was a mild, but very windy day, which I suspect kept the bird numbers down a little. Good variety, but low counts. “Typical” Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) At the Duck Pond, among the flock of “Bicolored” Red-winged Blackbirds…