Starvation Creek – Columbia River Gorge

P1050942P1050945P1050949Dicentra cucullaria – Dutchman’s breeches.  Starvation Creek State Park, 12 April 2017. This is a great stop off of I-84 for a picnic if you’re passing through.

P1050974P1050986P1050985P1050994P1050992P1050996P1060003P1060010P1060023Erythronium grandiflorum – Glacier lily.  Starvation loop hike (trail 441) – Columbia River Gorge, 12 April 2017.

P1060025I’m not sure what compelled me to do this hike by myself on a cold and rainy day.  I was pretty much in the cloud base the whole time and the Columbia River wasn’t even visible.  This hike normally offers some beautiful views of the Gorge, if you can get past the eye sores, i.e. I-84 and large power lines.  Sections of the trail didn’t seem entirely safe to cross and I turned back at Cabin Creek.  Two positives:  I didn’t encounter a single hiker on the trail and I found two flowers that I had never seen before, Glacier lilies and Dutchman’s breeches.  And now I’m off to Las Vegas…my flight leaves in a couple hours and I hope to find some lilies at Red Rock tomorrow!  Stay tuned.

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