North Umpqua Trip, 2011    

This year, we traveled again to Oregon and it's famed North Umpqua River.  My brother-in-law, Gary, joined us again this trip.  We went in late June, which, after a long, heavy winter, was too far as fishing goes.  The water level on the North Umpqua was, at least, 18" high and the water was milky.  Of course, that's one of the very things we went up there for and we tried our luck several times, but no go on the catching.

It didn't really matter that the fishing was a bust, we decided on site-seeing and spending quality time together.  I wouldn't have traded this trip for anything - it was excellent!

We stayed at the Dogwood Hotel in Idleyld Park and Norman took good care of us.  We spent an afternoon and evening with family that we hadn't seen in several years and that really topped off the trip!

Since the fishing wasn't the greatest, we did some snooping on the Umpqua National Forest.  It is nestled on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. Explosive geologic events have shaped the distinctive landscape on the 984,602-acre forest, and provide spectacular scenery as well as an abundance of natural and cultural resources.  Visitors discover a diverse place of thundering waters (one of the few translations of 'umpqua'), high mountain lakes, heart-stopping rapids and peaceful ponds.  The Forest is characterized by its many waterfalls (24 according to the national forest brochure), including the 272-foot Watson Falls on the North Umpqua Highway.  The Boulder Creek Wilderness, 19,100 acres, is entirely within the Forest boundaries. Two other wilderness are shared with other Forests: Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, 26,350 acres; and Mt. Thielsen Wilderness, 26,593 acres.

Thanks to the Forest Service, website for this info.  To read more about the Umpqua National Forest and see their pics of the area visit their website.

As you're looking at the pics of flowers, some have names, most don't.  Thanks to Gary for most of these pictures.