It’s been over a month since we’ve returned from the dusty trail, but the stars have aligned and we now have all of the pictures we could muster from our Fall Spike.
One group spent 3 days travelling with Oregon Youth Conservation Corps River Stewards program. They paddled North along the Willamette River from Salem to the San Salvador Access near Dayton, OR. The adventure included lots of wildlife sightings, including over 30 Blue Heron’s throughout the trip, 1 flipped canoe (thanks to another), testing the boats durability with three people paddling together, and an afternoon of invasive species removal. These stewards took a field and destroyed the Scotch Broom that had a tyrannical hold over the area. Down time was spent skipping and collecting rocks, tossing a frisbee, playing Football, and sharing stories and riddles around the campfire.
Once the river trip was over, the water group spent a drizzly weekend exploring Bohemia Mountain, and some waterfalls around Brice creek. Then the work week at Schwartz Campgroup began. Over a period of two days the group tackled a tremendous amount of moving gravel, mulch, dirt, blackberries and more scotch broom.
The land group began the trip with work at Schwartz Campground, starting off the gravel and dirt moving process, and helping install several impact pads to minimize the impact that future campers have at the site. Once the work was done, the play began. Their adventures also included exploration days at Bohemia and some of the nearby waterfalls, hiking and building forts. These adventurers even treated themselves to a spa day, covering themselves in mud from a nearby river bed.
8 days was a long time to be in the woods, but these students showed that perseverance, creativity and collaboration can get you through a lot. The week ended strong with Big Clean, and a well-deserved 4-day weekend to dress up and eat candy.