Anna Maria hikes Hobart Bluff, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monumen

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 …

Oregon Spotted Frog, Parnsnips Lakes, Oregon

Parsnip Lakes and the Oregon Spotted Frog

The Oregon Spotted Frog at Parsnip LakesĀ (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 …

CSNM map

Checkerboard Map of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

I have a love-hate relationship with maps. Vibrant and varied, an uneasy mixture of organic and geometric forms, maps call to mind childhood exploits: imagined quests, pirates, stories, the buried treasure where X marks the spot. The compass rose and the legend are the stuff of adventure. With the scale, my index finger measures distance …