Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge
I took the scenic route home from the airport and stumbled into the Wildlife Refuge near Alpine. I’m thinking this deserves another trip with more time to spend. There must have been thousands of Canada Geese flying overhead, but the trails to the ponds where they were settling seemed to be off limits for the winter, unless a reservation was made to be allowed access to a photo blind.
Included in the preservation are Oregon White Oak Tree savannas providing habitats for cavity nesting birds. The dark clumps are mistletoe.In addition there are a few historical buildings preserved, including The Fiechter Barn, a large, well built farm building from the early twentieth century. I wonder why it is that when I plan a route too carefully, it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in blissful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction I get through with no trouble.
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America