11.11.2011 was the last hike of the Land Trust’s 2011 Tour Season and the hike into Whychus Canyon Preserve was a fitting end to a wonderful season. With the sun shining on a warm, late-fall day, those who participated were in for a treat. If you’ve ever joined us for an outing on one of our protected lands, you understand the uniqueness and unpredictability of an outdoor adventure. You never know what you might see while you are out there, but you always hope it's something special. In my experience, Land Trust outings don't usually disappoint.
As one of the Walk + Hike program coordinators at the Land Trust, I was lucky enough to join our tour leaders on a few different adventures this year. Some of the highlights included a baby badger sighting at the Metolius Preserve, meeting a woman from my hometown in Louisiana on a tour, seeing an owl in flight on Mary Crow’s Whychus Canyon hike, catching a glimpse of a golden eagle taking a bath in Bull Springs with Karen Parker and Jane Meissner, walking amidst Cascade lilies and other brilliant wildflowers on the Livingston’s property at Spring Creek, catching a vivid pink and orange summer sunset atop Three Creek Butte and of course mountain biking through the endless maze of roads and single track at Skyline Forest. Truly, you never know what a Land Trust outing might hold.
Between the 90+ outings and launching the new Discover Skyline Forest hiking series, the Land Trust and our dedicated volunteers were able to take over 600 folks out on our protected lands this year. We offer a thousand thanks to our dedicated tour leaders and volunteers and to the community that supports our work to conserve land in Central Oregon. We couldn’t do it without your support.
If you missed out this year, watch for our 2012 schedule of of Walks + Hikes starting next April, and to keep your outdoor spirit of adventure alive this winter, join us for our Winter Nature Nights education series starting in January. We’ll keep you posted on the details once we have the dates and venue secured.