Where the Wild Things Grow

That hike I mentioned? It was a path along the Metolius River. That’s Native American for White Fish.

There were waterfalls

White-water rapids

Towering Pines

A fisherman

Plenty of hungry rainbow trout

I mentioned the white-water rapids, didn’t I?

And the trout? Look, see ‘em! Aren’t they something?

There were some gal-pals, of course

By way of Georgia

There was eye-squinting sunshine all the day long

Oregon trees are no match for strong-hearted southern women

Some ice-cream & snow-capped mountains

To top off the day.

The Wild and Scenic Metolius River flows 28.6 miles from the Metolius Spring in the Deschutes National Forest, forms the forest boundary, and empties into Lake Billy Chinook. The Metolius is one of the largest spring-fed rivers in the country. The upper 11.5 miles, within the Deschutes, is a popular destination for whitewater boating, catch and release flyfishing, and camping. Only hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, and whitefish may be taken from the river.

Just my way of inviting you along. Hope you enjoyed it.

And God saw all that he had made and, behold, it was very good! Genesis 1:31

About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    I love nature, and you have convinced me that Oregon needs to be the location of the next family vacation. Now I just have to convince one more person…..

    • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

      By the way, the pics are gorgeous. I’m a little jealous. Thanks for sharing.

      • Karen Spears Zacharias

        JW: The thing about the photos is that they don’t begin to capture the experience.

  • http://www.garynelson.wordpress.com Gary

    WOW! Beautiful pictures! God is good! Thanks for sharing the beauty! I must get out there sometime!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      C’mon.

  • http://simplydarlene.wordpress.com/me/ Simply Darlene

    Thanks for sharing the images, especially the fish photos. Fits right in with our homeschool biology unit this week!

    Blessings

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Does this now qualify me to add Biology instructor to my resume?

  • http://koinepdx1.blogspot.com AF Roger

    Years ago, one of my aviation maintenance instructors told the story of his retired father who for the first time in his life left southern Minnesota and traveled in the West. He came home from the trip unhappy about how much “wasted land” there was in the West. Whatcha think? Has God’s creation ever wasted a thing?

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      No such thing as wasted land…

  • DonnaT.

    and I’m stuck in a coffee shop….thanks for taking me away for a minute! :} Happy Trails!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Sure, thank, gal. Glad you could join us for a minute.

  • http://www.wiasjvceo.com Mike Nemeth

    Beautiful. Good thing you weren’t riding a moutain bike over railroad tracks nearby. And that new purse wouldn’t match the trees.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      What Mike is referring to here is that back years ago when he and I worked for the same newspaper, I had this awful accident that sent me flying over the handlebars of a bike when the tire got stuck in the railroad tracks. I did not have on a helmet. I hit face first. I looked like a boxer who lost the fight. I mean it was some kind of ugly. We took photos and ran it with the column I wrote the next week. I think Mike and the other guys in the office were proud for me — I wore that black eye proudly having paid the price for it.
      And that purse remark is because I bought a new purse last week for summer. It’s lovely but I did not carry it on the hike. :)

  • http://wayiseeit-eleanor.blogspot.com/ Eleanor

    This is such beautiful terrain that I’m homesick for a place I’ve never even been. What a glorious time you’ve all had!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I would have loved to have you along, girl. Anytime — only one stipulation — RML comes too.

  • http://www.timthurmansblog.blogspot.com Tim Thurman

    I think this was actually purposefully evil on your part for those of us stuck in a concrete jungle. I am TOTALLY jealous. Thanks a lot. :)

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Tim:

      I almost didn’t post the photos this week because I was worried about this very thing. Having spent a great deal of time in cubicles and behind computer screens myself, I completely get it.

      But then I weighed that against all the other news of the week, and decided that you all deserved a reprieve — if only through photos.

      I simply wanted to remind everyone that God loves the earth he created.

      • http://www.timthurmansblog.blogspot.com Tim Thurman

        Karen, please understand that what I wrote was tongue-in-cheek — mostly. :) “Amen” to what you wrote. Thank you for posting such beautiful pictures.

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Oh! I knew it was tongueincheek & I took it as such but I wanted you to know that I really did consider all that.

  • Voni Pottle

    I miss Oregon … these pics are “home.”
    I’m no longer up to those hikes – but have some great memories of riding seated behind my husband on his bike and exploring some beautiful places!
    Thanks so much for sharing!


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