A Butte to Remember

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April 8, 2012. Powell Butte

After leaving the single track trail that winds through the forest of cedars and firs, you pop out into a giant meadow where I’ve seen coyotes play and hawks snag meals. It’s one of my favorite runs.

As you approach the summit of Powell Butte (614 feet) you will pass what remains of an old walnut orchard. The gnarled trunks have withstood the wind and weather atop this old cinder cone for a hundred years. The trees will not be around much longer. They shed branches with each storm. The tiny grove is a reminder of the past up here where a home once stood and cows once roamed.

Below, less subtle earth moving machines shape the land as workers finish off a reservoir project. We will continue to use this ancient volcano.

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April 8, 2012. Powell Butte

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April 8, 2012. Powell Butte

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2 Responses to “A Butte to Remember”

  1. robk says:

    fine slice! a reservoir up there, sure sign of the changing times. love the shape mimic on that shortened volcano in the background, I can visualize the full Mt. St. Helens from my youth. thanks for the quick journey…