• Hike to Hobart Bluff: The Sublime and the Beautiful

    On May 1st, Steven and I hiked a brief portion of the Pacific Crest Trail en route to the path that ascends Hobart Bluff. We began with a short but rough drive to the trailhead on Soda Mountain Road, during which our Nissan Versa actually picked up a small boulder and dragged it along. The …

  • Of Wildflowers and Fairy Shrimp

    We think spring might really be here now in the Greensprings. We have evidence: wildflowers! We’ve been taking regular little forays up the trail behind our cabin into the woods and up to the lava-rock-strewn meadow to see what is blooming. Every few days, the show changes. Among the earliest flowers we noticed were the …

  • Pacific Chorus Frogs

    Spring creeps greenly across the Monument, and as it does, the voices of frogs raise in chorus during afternoons and especially at night. Our neighbors have been teasingly calling Steven the “Frogman” because they frequently catch him, attired in his chest waders, lying along the Mill Pond in Lincoln, or along the drainage ditches, or …

  • Parsnip Lakes and the Oregon Spotted Frog

    The Oregon Spotted Frog at Parsnip Lakes (Rana pretiosa) The Parsnip Lakes, located within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, are a series of water bodies formed by natural springs and wetlands, built into ponds and partially maintained by beavers. (Has the Bureau of Land Management considered hiring beavers?) The Parsnip Lakes are home to the Pacific chorus …