What wonderful serendipity that the challenge from Journeys with Jonbo, fits with the activities I have been involved in this week. Every summer I join my sister Diana, and brother-in-law Les, to fish the lakes at the summit of Willamette Pass in central Oregon. Usually we harvest a nice catch of Kokanee from Crescent Lake, however this year the water level is so low that launching would have damaged their new boat. Isn’t it a beauty?!
Kokanee weren’t biting at Crescent anyway, nor at Odell. However, Odell is a big deep lake with excellent habitat for another family favorite fish – Macinaw – a name for Lake Trout that has been in our family for generations. We know how to find them, we know how to catch them, we know how to clean and prep them and cook them so that they are delicious. Off we go!
Marie hauled in the first (and biggest) of three that day – 34+ inches and 17.5 lbs.
Over the course of three days fishing on the water of Odell Lake, our boat landed 7 Macinaw Trout. Most were smaller that Marie’s “Hog”.
Between Oakridge, Oregon and Odell Lake, is a sign post to Salt Creek Falls. In all the years I have travelled between my home in Vancouver, WA to camp at the summit, though tempted, I’d never stopped to see it.
Marie was my tour guide to navigate a rough yet safe Forest Service trail to see the falls from top to bottom. This beauty, the second largest waterfall in Oregon after Multnomah Falls, it is a hidden treasure.
With my eyes and camera I plunge into the pool at the base of a magnificent waterfall. In a time when water is more precious than many other commodities, I offer blessings to this natural wonder. Thank you Marie, for bringing me here.
Wishing everyone safe travels as we navigate outward once again. Please stay safe.🐾