Sensation backpacking on Pamelia Lake

One of my favorite trails for backpacking or just a great day hike is Pamelia Lake Trail. Located in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area its only 63 miles from Salem, Oregon on hi-way 22 about 12 miles past the town of Detroit between mile post 62 and 63. Look for a small sign Pamelia Road 2246 on the left side of the road and travel 3.7 miles to a parking area. The 2.3-mile hike is an easy uphill walk next to a beautiful cascading Pamelia Creek and towering Fir trees along the trail. This hike should be done in July through September, as there is still snow sometimes on the trail in June.

Once you reach the lake you will experience a scenic lake with Mt. Jefferson towering in the background. Travel around the left side of the lake and you will find many designated campgrounds. You will find a fire pit at each site. There is a spring that comes out of the side of the mountain along the trail. It is located on the trail about three-quarters of the way around the lake just past the walking bridge. As it is a wilderness area you will have to get a free limited entry permit for day use or overnight camping. Permits can be obtained at the Willamette National Forest Station located on hi-way 22 about a mile before you get to Detroit, Oregon. Please call ahead as the permits are limited. The phone number is 503-854-4239. You will also need to get a $5 parking pass.

At Pamelia Lake there are options for other backpacking hikes. One trail will lead you to Grizzly Peak with a panoramic view of the area. This is a 2.8-mile hike, which takes off to the right just before you reach the lake. Above Pamelia there are three other lakes to hike to, Hunts Lake, Hanks Lake, and Mud Hole Lake. The trail gets steeper as the elevation goes from 3100 feet to 6000 feet but is worth the walk. Wildflowers, springs, and great views of the area make it worthwhile. The trail hooks on to the Pacific Crest Trail and circles back to Pamelia Lake. About a 20-mile hike depending on which trails you take. If you want to stay at Pamelia Lake there are brook trout about 6 to 10 inches that can be caught and make delicious dinners. One of the premier and popular places to use your backpacking gear I strongly recommend this destination.

Hiking The Smith Creek Trail

The trail length takes a total of 4.6 miles through thick growths of mountain laurel, hemlock, ferns, and rhododendron. The trail starts at Anna Ruby Falls as the Smith Creek forms at the confluence of York and Curtis Creeks which are also formed at the Tray Mountain.

The other side of the river flows to the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic while the other flows to the Mississippi. The trail from Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi State Park is easy to moderate where the trail is marked by blue blazes. The trail head is behind the trail sign nearby the upper observation deck. It is already clearly marked and necessary to determine the foc
A few feet away from the creek, the pathway parallels the creek as it leads to the park.

The trail head is on the right side from the Anna Ruby Falls Trail about 2,180 feet of elevation. The treadway leads to Smith Mountains lower slopes where it enters a hardwood cove that is clustered with rhododendrons and mountain laurels. The Smith Creek Trail is mostly within the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area. From the cove, the pathway swerves eastward to the Smith Mountains lower side.

The midway point of the trail is right where you will find some boulder formations where some rocks are covered with moss. At 0.7 mile, the trail then proceeds to cross a small stream where it continues to make a gradual climb at around 1.3 miles to the Hickorynut Ridge. From the stream towards the ridge, the pathway is lined with wildflowers which are more visibly stunning during late May and early June. The Stomp Creek Falls is also visible on the northwest side of ridge between the months of November and April. The trail then continues to the south on the top of Hickorynut Ridge for the next 0.8 mile.
At 2.1 mile midway rounding the knob, the path then intersects a gap on the ridge which swerves down the eastern side. Moving away from the dirt road the path then approaches a rivulet as it continues to parallel the stream further along the trail.

Several wet-foot crossings will then welcome you around 3.2 to 3.9 miles on the trail. There are also wooden bridges on the path to help you cross the stream. At this point the trail follows a series of switchbacks to the south as it slopes down steeply to the Unicoi State Park. This then marks the end of the trail.

Papillon Helicopters – Flying Grand Canyon On The Cheap

If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas, you’ve got to add one of Papillon Helicopter’s trips to the Grand Canyon. Each year, more than 600,000 people choose Papillon, making it the most popular operator of trips to Grand Canyon West and the South Rim from Las Vegas.

Papillon’s fleet of helicopters is cutting edge. Most of these modern-day sightseeing aircraft feature 180-degree wraparound windshields, stadium-style seating (everyone faces forward), climate-controlled cabins, personal headsets, and pre-recorded narratives in 11 languages.

Papillon tours leave from two airports: McCarran International and the Boulder City Municipal Airport. Trips include pick up and drop off at most major Las Vegas resort-hotels. Upon arrival in Vegas, it’s recommended that you confirm your tour.

Papillon flies Grand Canyon West and the South Rim. There isn’t any direct helicopter flights from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon South – you must book a plane tour and bundle in a helicopter ride.

Grand Canyon West is 120 miles east of Vegas. Helicopters make the trip in 45 minutes. A lot of people visit this Rim because it’s home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Papillon’s most widely used trip, however, is the Grand Celebration, which descends to the bottom of the Canyon – a trip ONLY available at the West Rim.

The South Rim is located 270 miles east of Las Vegas. The airplane flight, which is spectacular, is 45-minutes and touches down at Grand Canyon Airport (elevation 6,000 feet). Here, you will deplane and board your helicopter for a fantastic ride into the Dragoon Corridor, the deepest, widest section of the Canyon, before looping back at the North Rim. Papillon’s best South Rim tour is called the North Canyon.

Pricing is similar for West and South rim flights and start around $280 pp. The cost goes up the more upgrades you add, like the Skywalk, river rafting, or the EcoStar 130. The best deals are available on Papillon’s website where the company posts its best promotional prices that oftentimes save you up to 35% off retail!

Expect to spend a full day on these Papillon helicopter tours (there are no overnight packages with lodging at this time), making them ideal for Las Vegas visitors who want a quick yet satisfying Grand Canyon experience that puts them back on the Strip for a show or dinner with friends.

Pond Songbird Trail

Carters Lake is also a known recreation spot for individuals who want to take a break from some frequented areas on this trail. It takes less than a mile to trek this short trail with little elevation. The site is situated in the Reregulation Dam Recreation Area right on the west section of Carters Lake. Along the way you will pass Georgia Roads remnant that was built back in 1804 during the Treaty of Telico. After Andre Jackson and his battalion did some work on this road in 1819, this had then been called the old Federal Highway.

The Cherokee and farmers in the past have also used some trees along this trail as path markers. On the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee left this area and by 1977 a dam was created which then created a reregulation form near the Coosawattee River and Carters Lake. The trail moves along hugging the dam for at the reregulation pool.

From the south parking lot pace towards the marked trailhead found at the entrance of Carters Lake Dam. Just beyond this marker the trail splits into two paths. Take the right trail across the bridge as the treadway ascends to a moderately steep hill.

From here the path returns to the original trail and then you will cross a longer bridge that takes you a closer view of the marsh. Along this path you will see several bird species including an osprey, wild turkey, and a hawk. Other wildlife such as raccoon, turtles, opossum, and white-tailed deer can be spotted here. Move past this and then turn right at the end of the bridge as the footpath swerves back to the original trail.

The end of the saddleback that formed Carters Lake can be seen at your left. Continue along this path reaching the beaver pond which was built by the Corps of Engineers with multiple viewing blinds for bird watching. This lake is home to many species of bird that inhabited the area for several centuries. There are great spots in this South Regulation Dam Park that is best for fishing and picnics. However, if you opt for a longer trek, there are other trails nearby such as the Big Acorn Nature Trail and the Rock Nature Trail which are both accessible at the Carters Lake Visitor Center.

About The Mountain Bluebird Story

The adult Mountain Bluebird has thin bills. The adult males are bright blue in colour and somewhat lighter in colour underneath. On the other hand the female adult Mountain Blue birds are a duller shade of blue, even their wings are of a dull blue colour and so is its tail. The females and the males both have a grey coloured breast, a grey crown as well as the throat and the back. They are a combination of blue and grey which makes them extremely gorgeous.

The Nevada State bird is the Mountain Bluebird, which is also known as the Sialia currucoides. It is an impeccably beautiful bird. The Nevada State bird is a medium sized bird which is mostly an insectivorous or omnivorous bird in the genus Sialia of the thrush family Turdiae.

The Nevada State bird comes from one of the relatively few thrush groups. As the name Mountain Bluebird implies, they are very attractive birds. There is no noticeable difference in the size between both the sexes of the species as they are all medium-sized.

Their breeding habitat is in the open country across the western North America, which includes mountainous areas as far north as Alaska. These birds usually nest in cavities or in nest boxes. In more remote areas, these birds are not likely to be affected by competition for natural nesting locations than the other bluebirds.

The Mountain Bluebirds migrate to the southern parts of the range; as southern birds are permanent dwellers. However, some of these birds may move to lower elevation in the winter season because of the climatic conditions.

The Nevada State birds hover and fly over the ground. They are mostly seen flying down to catch insects, and also flies that perch to catching them. They basically feed on insects and berries. In the winters they are seen foraging in flocks.

These birds are highly territorial and will most probably clash with other songbirds that compete with their nesting and food resources. They usually prefer grasslands that are scattered with abundant trees. Under most favourable weather conditions, this is mostly during the springtime; these birds produce two broods of young that amount to being about four to five eggs per clutch. The males build a number of nests for the females, and then it is the female that decides on the ultimate nesting location. Most of the individual Nevada state birds that wish to build and mount nesting boxes for bluebirds place predator baffles that are approximately 36 inches in length on the poles to prevent predation of their young by snakes, cats and raccoons. The non-native other bluebirds that compete with these birds for nesting locations include the house wren and the house sparrow, both of which have been known to kill the young Mountain Bluebirds.