Leisurely morning strolling ......... Check
Sitting in scenic kiosks ........... Check
http://arabellasgarden.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-best-laid-plans.html I have embarked on a program of Spring Health Promotion During the Wood Season. Determined to nourish the liver network, let down our hair, raise our spirits, and honor the qi of spring, my sweetheart and I decided to seek forests, gardens and scenic kiosks along the Crooked River, 40 miles east of Bend. It being our 42nd wedding anniversary and the weather forecast propitious, we took the Pinecone (teardrop trailer) attached to the new Cute Car (Oliver) and made it an overnight trip. And despite the fact that we have camped hither and yon, at all times of year, since before we married (we met in our college's hiking club), we can't remember ever camping on our actual May 1 anniversary before this. So we are calling it our first Campiversary.
We arrived around 7:30 pm, after a full day's work, and had the place to ourselves except for one distant fisherman. We spent a quiet night with only the sound of the nearby river to keep us company.
Camping in the bottom of a river canyon means the first job in the morning is to make coffee, start a little fire and wait for the sun to reach camp.
Hmm, sun still on the other side of the river. Should I get up?
Looks like the sweetheart has the coffee ready ....
And a wee campfire made ....
Here comes the sun!
And breakfast is coming... must go kiss the cook
Decades of practice have taught us the importance of eating a proper camping breakfast:
with concessions to modern healthful, organic 'glamping' practices, the bacon is uncured, natural, gluten and casein free; the eggs are locally pastured, and the pancake mix local and organic. The salt .....
Breakfast under our belts, we headed for the courtyard striding. Our destination: Chimney Rock, up on the canyon rim.
Following that advice to 'roam through gardens and forests, taking in the tranquil sights of nature', I admired the 'forests' up here, which are pretty sparse, consisting of widely spaced western juniper, interspersed with bunch grasses, sagebrush and those gardens....
Every spring is dry in this desert, but this year perhaps a bit drier than most. Desert wildflowers are fairly restrained to most eyes, but they are all the more welcome and beautiful to ours. Native creeping phlox, townsendia and an early clump of lupine:
After a quick telephoto shot of our wee trailer down in the campground,
we headed back to the canyon floor. Back at the trailhead, we crossed the road to check out the local fisherman action. Crooked River is a local hotspot for fly fishing.