Sisters, Oregon, Fall 2015

Very early in the year I had made reservations for ten days in Sequim, WA followed by ten days in Sisters, OR. Then came the prostate cancer diagnosis and uncertainty if my recovery would be good enough to allow for a three-week trip in September and October, so I canceled all the reservations. By the beginning of September, I was confident I could manage days of hiking in the central Oregon Cascades, so I booked one of our favorite rentals in Sisters for nine days.

It turned out that Karen’s brother was spending a week in Eagle Crest so we invited them along on our first days hike along the Metolius River. Now central Oregon was in drought conditions, just like we are in California. There was very little snow on the peaks, and the rivers and creeks were low. The Metolius, however, is pretty much a constant flow year round. It was a beautiful day, and walking along the river-bank was beautiful. The fall colors, especially the vine maple, were abundant.

Metolius River decked out in fall colors

Vine maple

This was an 8 mile round-trip hike. Our GPS track on a topo map is in the photo gallery below.

Metolius River, Sept 2015 photo gallery

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