I am most definitely walking down memory lane today. As I plan and prepare for my next adventures, I'm always reverted back to the trip where it all began. And by "it" I mean my love affair with volunteering in the outdoors.
It just would not feel right if I didn't dedicate some of my time each year to the beautiful lands I love. I'll be sharing with you all soon where this year is going to take me.💚
Post 3 of 6: 40th birthday road trip September 2016. Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side. There are a ton of waterfalls in the area, but this one is by far the most famous. I want to go back and hike around to see some of the others and drive the historic highway, too. There is a special exit on I84 to a parking area between the east and west bound lanes and tunnel under to the viewing area. Thankfully we were not there during the height of tourist season... Driving along the river after leaving, I really noticed the switch from the temperate rainforest of the coast to the much drier interior climate. I can't help it; I'm an ecologist 😁
A couple of weeks ago we stumbled upon this hidden gem while driving around the San Bernardino Mountains. While making a u-turn at the top of this peak, we were surprised to find that this fire lookout is open to the public. We braved the harsh winds and somehow made it up the stairs. To our surprise, the door was opened for us and we were met with a friendly face and a wave of warmth coming from the vintage looking heater inside the lookout. The fire lookout program is mainly run by US Forest Service volunteers. The volunteer that day was a retired firefighter who spends his weekends up at Strawberry Peak. He taught us how to use the Osborne fire finder and welcomed us to sit and get comfortable while he explained the history of the fire lookout. #strawberrypeak#usfs#firelookout#sanbernardinoforest#osbornefirefinder#offthebeatenpath
How about a Thursday throwback. Here's one of my favorite sawyer shots. Here Ray hopped up on his stump after falling a burning snag on the Snake Fire. It was a hurried shot because the snag had a rather large bald face hornet's nest in it and they were starting to get their wits back about them after going for a pretty good ride. Photo By: Kyle Miller
My brother, Leo, rode his Triumph from Missoula, Montana to Barstow, California in about 1968. He was working for the US Forest Service as a smoke jumper. He learned how to jump out of airplanes in a place called Viet Nam where he was an Airborne Paratrooper for the US Army.
The gear he has on the back of his bike is light and he travelled some 1,200 miles. In Barstow, he had one of the first “big” motorcycles; a 650cc I think. We all wanted motorcycles after he rolled into town from a far away place called Viet Nam. .
- The Angeles National Forest-
This was the first National Forest in the State of California, second in The United States, created by proclamation, December 20, 1892, by President Benjamin Harrison.
The first name given to the forest was "San Gabriel Timberland Reserve". It was changed to "San Gabriel National Forest", March 4, 1907, and then "Angeles National Forest", July 1, 1908.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 717