Labor Day is my favorite long weekend of the year. For me, it represents the gateway from summer to my favorite time of year, and now my daughter, Autumn. The leaves are just starting to change colors at higher elevations, and I can always feel the chill mixed in with the warm breezes of late summer. Like the last several years, we decided to spend this long weekend way from home exploring the natural beauty of Oregon. Last year, we stayed at Clear Lake resort in the Willamette National Forest with friends, and had such a good time, we decided for a repeat adventure. This trip proved just as bountiful, with plenty of rest and relaxation, fair weather, and great company.

Though I managed to run five miles around the lake three days in a row, Autumn didn’t make it out on any hikes. Instead, she had a great time playing with friends and toys at the cabin and the campfire. Since a picture really is worth a thousand words, I decided to offer a glimpse into this adventure through the lens of our camera, rather than through words and reflections.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for Autumn’s final summer adventure – her backpacking trip to the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness!

Happy hiking and camping!

 

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