My wife and I took a hiking vacation up the McKenzie River and we found some good stuff.
Here's a little timber tiger peeking out.
We hit Tamolitch Falls/Blue Pool first. The trail was pretty boring and none of the pictures were that great, so the the ones above is all you get from that section of the trip. We weren't all that impressed with Blue Pool. The theme of this post is going to be "low water levels". Tamolitch Falls was completely dry and the larger waterfalls were suffering from a(nother) drought-like summer. (As dry as it was, winter has brought a lot of snow and water.) Next stop was Proxy Falls, which is actually Lower Proxy and Upper Proxy and they are a ways apart.
From up on the trail before dropping down, you see a very tall waterfall. There wasn't a lot of water flowing over it, but it was still nice.
...Upper Proxy Falls. Yikes. Not a lot of water.. I climbed in close to try and salvage some pictures.
Sport setting to see if I can get some water droplets to freeze. When we pulled in to park at the Proxy Loop Trailhead, there was one other car. When we left, there were 5 cars. When we drove past after visiting Linton Falls, there were 15-20. (On the entire trip the much larger Linton Area, we saw one guy at the falls and a couple wandering around the dry portion of the lake on the way back.)
We trekked back to the car to head up the road to one of the trails to Linton Lake.
This was the 6th time in the last 4 years that I have been to Linton Lake and while every time has been interesting and special, this time was truly unique.
Linton Lake was partially dry. This was totally unexpected and very cool. We wandered around the dry lake for a while, seeing if there was anything interesting. While this does happen periodically at Linton Lake and is nothing drastically unusual, it was the first time I had been here for it. Oddly enough, we visited almost to the day of a prior trip 4 years earlier when the lake had much more water.
We saw these odd human footprints here and there. As we slogged through the muck, we realized their oddity. Our prints, no matter how we stepped, were messy and had signs of locomotion. These were all just flat. Even if made before the water dried up, there would still be signs of locomotion. At one spot, I noticed these post-holed down at least 2.5 feet in the mud, probably about knee-high. Yet, the footprint was still nice and tidy. (And really, who wants to step in this in their bare feet?) My guess is someone had a wooden foot they were making prints with for whatever reason.
This small, nasty inlet was, well, gross. But it looked good through the camera. The smell along the dry ground wasn't the best and it bothered Brittney more than me. This was the one spot where the smell from the water even got to me.
Linton Falls was less than its typically-majestic self due to the water shortage.
Down under the log, was this rock, which has been ravaged by water and small sediments over the years. This is a huge rock, so it's pretty interesting to see it in this condition.
Nearby, there was a huge folded-up toadstool. How huge?
Very huge. Wish we could have seen this while it was fully open.
I blame the slug.