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Old 05-10-2011, 06:51 AM   #503
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We rode Ketchum until we got the the edge of the Mt Hood NF, where an open gate marks the beginning of the nasty pit-run rocky section.

Any of you Black Dog riders from last year will remember this section.
I skipped it on the Shadow, and turned around here.

On the way back down the ridge, you pass cattle fields of grassy meadows,
Big views of Mt. Adams to the North....

And views of Mt. Hood to the South....

While pausing here, scoping in the scenery, I spot...daffodils?
Not being a wildflower, it was curiuos why they were here, on this meadowtop, sharing this view with me today.

Walking out to them, I notice they are in a fairly tight bunch.
They have the good views of Adams and Hood, too

Upon closer inspection, I see that they are arranged in a pattern,
a classic Smiley Face !!

Cool, flowers for the cows, to remind them to smile

Well, this ride was short, but this day was too nice to slab quickly home, so the long way over Old Dalles Rd was in order.

Maxaccelleration? Here's that bridge again.

On the Hood River side of the North end of Surveyor's Ridge,
I had to stop at this view of the lower HR Valley, looking towards Hood

I don't think it'll matter how long I live here, and how many pictures I take of that mountain.
I'll never stop gawking in awe at the sight of it.
Thanks for helping me enjoy it, on that beautiful sunny Sunday, on the last weekend of April.
"got no problem with keeping truly roadless areas as wild....
On the other hand, if it has been logged or mined and roads already exist,,
...then that land should be open for public use" (peterman)
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