Sunday, August 23, 2009
Yesterday, I posted a photo of the Mt Bachelor ski area looking South from Tumalo Mountain. Looking North from the same location near Bend, Oregon, are some other ancient inactive volcanoes. On the left is South Sister, in the center is North Sister, and to the right is Broken Top. There are many more majestic snow-covered peaks along the spine of the Cascade Mountains, including Mt Hood, Mt Rainier and the famous Mt St Helens, which violently erupted in 1981. This countryside is an outdoor person's paradise. There are numerous trails accommodating all levels of hikers and mountain bikers, plus abundant crystal clear lakes and streams for fishing. Animals still abound, especially deer, elk and bears, of course ever more concentrated, but not to the extent found in more urban areas, where wildlife habitat is massively degraded. When I gaze from this spot, the world doesn't look overpopulated. In fact this view seems almost timeless. Then again, I know there are no Paiute hunting parties out there, no villages where natives sit, telling stories or roasting meat. There are only finely equipped backpackers, who have parked their SUV's in forest service campgrounds, embarking on a modern excursion into nature.