|Date: May 24-25, 2003|
|Location Metolius River Backpack|
|Where: Metolius River, Deschutes National Forest|
|Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery|
We used Memorial Weekend this year for a 'shake-down' trip for the up coming backpack season. Friends that were scheduled to go with us were not able to go at the last minute, but Jeanette and our grandson Tylor and I took full advantage of the opportunity. We showed Tylor the start of the Metolius, right out of the ground, and were entertained by Golden-mantel Ground Squirrels. We then drove on down to Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery to start our backpack. After a quick visit with our friend Jim Harvey we took off down the West Metolius Trail # 4018 to Bridge 99. It was a beautiful day of tee shirts and shorts weather. Many Canada Geese where busy with their young goslings as were a family of Common Mergansers.
|Tylor on the West Metolius Trail|
We took a break and ate our lunch at Bridge 99 before hiking on down the East side of the River. Here for the next 3 miles camping sites are abundant. A locked gate keeps vehicles from venturing any farther than Bridge 99. After hiking a little too far beyond the good sites, we turned around and retraced our steps until we found a nice riverside campsite.
|Jeanette & Tylor below Bridge 99|
Some what bushed, we plopped down to relax, setup camp, and eat dinner. Here the outside world is drowned out by the rushing Metolius River, a river that emerged smoothly and silently some 13 miles back, but is now racing with the speed and noise of a freight train only to disappear in Lake Billy Chinook in another 13 miles.
|Jeanette relaxing and reading|
|Tylor fixing his dinner|
|Tylor age 12 - - Fir Tree age 312|