8/12/12, Battle Mt. Summit, OR - It’s been a while since I’ve been shaded by a cool mountain forest or let the team graze on high mountain grass, but we’re back and happy to be there. The trek to reach this fortress of green involved climbing through dry canyon sides, crossing a wind swept plateau and snaking are way up the side of a mountain. However difficult the journey, the reward justifies the means.
Shortly after sunrise, I had all three boys in harness and hitched. In order to reach our mountain fastness, we had to climb an additional 2000 feet in elevation. Traffic was very light and it was a pleasant drive. In spite of the low volume of cars, many stopped to chat and take pictures. I really wasn’t in a big hurry, so I took the time to really talk with people.
The canyon was loaded with whitetail deer which moved off when the wagon to to within two or three hundred yards (I can usually drive to within 30 yards of mule deer).