Day 3 on the ODT in pictures

September 7, 2019, day 3

Juniper Gulch to Wild Rose Reservoir, ~16.5 miles, ~42.7 miles total

Gabriel’s Day 3 pictures are here.

Sharing a few pictures and videos that I took with my camera and didn’t have easy access to while we were on trail.

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Juniper Gulch in the morning. Spires, pinnacles and other geologic wonders – the bulk of which formed from tuff (volcanic ash). This rhyolite ash erupted from nearby Mahogany Mountain (a caldera) in a series of events some 15.5 million years ago. Oregon’s geology is fascinating to me! To think, 150 million years ago, this was ocean front along the edge of the North American plate (i.e. Idaho had beaches).

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Heading out from camp to explore more of Juniper Gulch. Mahogany Mountain in the distance. Quiet mornings wandering through canyons are a highlight of life!

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Looking back up Juniper Gulch just before the sun peeks over the ridge. We came over the notch/saddle yesterday evening.

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Even the road in Leslie Gulch is beautiful!

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Sunflowers in Leslie Gulch.

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A roadside attraction that reminds me of a song by one of my favorite musicians – Corb Lund – who likes to sing: “Good Copenhagen is better than bad cocaine.” I’ll take his word for it. Here’s a live version of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu-E8qB9sHI

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Team Gabriel and Marmot!

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Walking along the shores of the Owyhee River reservoir.

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After the swimming section (during which, my electronics were all stowed away) the shores became easy walking.

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Cow “blessed” lake shores. Only when we walked by this did we realize all that we’d just waded and swam through… yuck. Could this have been a major contributor to Gabriel’s toe infection or my stomach parasite-thingy? We’ll never know, but it was smelly, gunky looking water.

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Coyote near Willow Creek Canyon.

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Nearing the top of Willow Creek Canyon.

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Globe mallow – cheery flower friend of many beloved deserts.

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Stuff that ODT dreams are made of! One of Powder River’s finest troughs with cold, clear spring water, covered in duckweeds.

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Taking some time to plan our line. Gabriel takes a baring.

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Cows around and abound on the straight traverse to Wild Rose Reservoir.

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The shores of Wild Rose Reservoir.

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Sunset at camp. Pink evening skies. The stuff that ODT dreams are made of.

5 thoughts on “Day 3 on the ODT in pictures

  1. bonideal says:

    I’ve been enjoying these the past few days. Good writing Lindsay, and such lovely photos too! That glowing orange-red mountain in the background at Leslie Gulch just jumped out at me on my tiny phone screen! And the colorful flowers, coyote, sunset & everything. Thx for sharing with this at-home desert enjoy-er I had so very much wanted to do our next segment of the PCT (from Tehachapi south a few hundred miles) in May this year, so we could try to see some desert flowers blooming… Best, Boni

    On Mon, Apr 20, 2020, 10:09 AM marmot’s adventures wrote:

    > Marmot posted: “September 7, 2019, day 3 Juniper Gulch to Wild Rose > Reservoir, ~16.5 miles, ~42.7 miles total Gabriel’s Day 3 pictures are > here. Sharing a few pictures and videos that I took with my camera and > didn’t have easy access to while we were on trail. ” >

    • Marmot says:

      Thank you Boni! I finally looked at my pictures from the ODT a week ago. It’s been fun to look at them and trace our route on a map and really remember what it felt like to take particular steps and come to certain places. I still think about the exhilaration and beautiful sites and sights of the early days of the PCT. I think you’ll love parts of the desert, when you get there! I’m excited for you and Dave to get this magnificent juniper grove near Big Bear, CA! Looking forward to a hike and maybe a desert trip with you sometime sooner than later!

    • Marmot says:

      I’m glad to finally be writing them. Sheesh, it’s taken a looooooooong time. But all the same, in these times of staying home, I’m grateful to be reminded of all the places I have been. At that duckweed trough is one of them!

  2. Sarah McGinnis says:

    These are b-e-a-utiful! Very uplifting to gaze upon. 🙂
    On Mon, Apr 20, 2020, 1:09 PM marmot’s adventures wrote:
    > Marmot posted: “September 7, 2019, day 3 Juniper Gulch to Wild Rose > Reservoir, ~16.5 miles, ~42.7 miles total Gabriel’s Day 3 pictures are > here. Sharing a few pictures and videos that I took with my camera and > didn’t have easy access to while we were on trail. ” >

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