Over the Memorial Day weekend I hiked the trail at Opal Creek with my husband and our friends, the Andrews family, Zeb, Wendi and Owen. A good day of hiking, photography and good friends.
Opal Creek is off highway 22 which runs east of Salem, Oregon. It is the highway we use to get to Sisters and Bend. It’s almost a 3 hour drive from Portland to Opal Creek and the last few miles are over a gravel and pot ridden road. I didn’t think much of it being a holiday weekend, but my first clue was when we couldn’t even get to the parking lot. So parking on the side of the road, our walk to the trail head was longer than the usual 1 1/2miles. The complete loop is about 9 miles. It’s not difficult, but the road to the mining camp is uneven and rocky. The trail on the other side of the creek is full of tree roots. No matter, we had a wonderful full day of hiking, exploring and making photos.
Due to my recent arm surgery I am unable to carry heavy loads for a few months so I went with one camera: my pinhole. It’s interesting to take only one camera especially one with long exposures. It gives me the chance to set up and then sit and enjoy the scenery. Those photos will follow as they have not been developed yet. The photos I am sharing here were taken by my husband with a Canon 5DMkII and only one lens, a 50mm.
And yes, the water really is green. I did not photoshop any of these photos.
more people than usual
climbing over rocks to set up my camera is just part of the experience
Owen and Zeb
Owen rock climbing
a boy and his stick
Zeb, his cameras, Wendi and Owen
a bridge too far
For some reason there are no digital photos of the mining camp that you cross halfway into the hike. I believe there are images in a post from a few years ago. Doesn’t matter, we’ll be back.
Oh, and Owen, who is 8, walked the whole 9 miles and never complained. This was the longest hike he has ever completed. So congratulations to him!