And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
I spotted a Bindweed wildflower in Huntington Oregon at the Catfish RV Park on our walk.
Entrance to the Elks Lodge
Camping at the St Helen Elks Lodge #1999- Kevin and I had a great meal, good conversation and a friendly welcome at this elks lodge. There are a few low branches on the city road leading into the lodge. There is camping with electric/water on a grass campsite. It cost $15.00 a night. The view of the Columbia River at the lodge bar & dining room is beautiful. While relaxing in the lodge we saw a barge going down the river. The dining & bar is non-smoking. This is a great lodge. I would return here.
I spotted the Red Clover or Cow Grass next to our camping site at the St Helens Elks Lodge camping area.
On our walks, I discovered several wildflowers in the St Helens Oregon area.
Hairy Cat’s Ear or False Dandelion
Wildflower Spotting List
Lake of the Springs Thousand Trails in California
We found a pull thru spot in site X-25. This site has spotty Verizon internet, no at&t cell service, satellite good. The section with good cell service is I section. If I section had more working electric sites this place would be perfect.
We placed a Nemo trackable in a geocache near the campground. Hopefully, someone will find it and I can track it. The Nemo trackable’s mission is to travel the world one geocache at a time. A Mennonite bake shoppe is in Bangor, California. The Mennonite women are dressed in old-fashioned clothing inside the bake shoppe. The blueberry muffins were heavenly.
Mennonite Bake Shoppe
Lake of the Springs is a nice size lake about 41 acres. I saw people catch fish here. The wildflowers were blooming in the campground. We relaxed in our lounge chairs after a walk around the lake. I missed the internet but loved the birds, wildlife & wildflowers in the area. Kevin and I went looking for a farmers market but ended up on a fire road. It wrapped around a lake with several houseboats on it. We never found the farmers market but had a good adventure on the fire road.
Lake of Springs
Marina & Boat Rental
We spotted two bald eagle flying around the campground store area. Kevin and I rented a two seater kayak for $8.00. While we paddled by the shore a bald eagle flew towards the lake looking for food. Its always a treat to see a bald eagle in action. We also had a good time seeing several deer in the campground.
Deer in the campground
- American Robin
- Pair of Bald Eagle
- Western Bluebird
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Western Scrub Jay
- Acorn Woodpecker