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Clear, blue and red

Posted by Chandra LeGue at Sep 30, 2009 09:34 AM |
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The headwaters of the McKenzie beckon as fall comes on.

Clear, blue and red

Vine maples aflame in the rain near Clear Lake

As the rain periodically poured down yesterday, I drove towards Sisters from Eugene on one of my favorite routes in Oregon: the McKenzie Highway. Gorgeous at any time of year - with its quaint towns, river views, and towering forests - the highway offers up its best scenery in early October.

Through the rain (and eventually snow as I approached Santiam Pass!), the lava rock glowed all around me - not with new volcanic activity, but with flaming red vine maple leaves and yellow shrubs!

The timing for this Saturday's hike around Clear Lake (the headwaters of the McKenzie) should be perfect for maximum color in the maples that grow in the lava and forest understory there. Won't you join me? Sign up here.

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