Whiskey Dick Variations

It’s time for a few pictures from 3 recent trips to the Whiskey Dick wildlife area near Vantage. The first trip was cut way-short by very strong winds. Probably 40 mph sustained winds forced me to turn around at an exposed ridge line where I did not feel confident anymore about being able to complete 20 more miles of this. A herd of 30 (mountain?) sheep was next to me while I was eating my sandwich and deciding what to do next. The clouds were moving quickly, just image a fierce wind blowing into your eyes and holding on to your bike while it hangs at 45o down-wind.

View of the Frenchman Coulee sand dunes (left-ish) and the Columbia in between.

View of the Frenchman Coulee sand dunes (left-ish) and the Columbia in between.

The second trip was more typical for this time of the year: cool/cold and a few muddy spots. Nice outing. Met one hunter and his two dogs at Hartman / Whiskey Dick creek and a couple hikers later at night walking back without lights. Had a nice chat.

Fall colors in the Whiskey Dick / Hartman Creek area.

Fall colors in the Whiskey Dick / Hartman Creek area.

Headed down into the Skookumchuck drainage. A 'private property' sign blocked access to the Columbia.

Headed down into the Skookumchuck drainage, but a ‘private property’ sign blocked access to the Columbia.

The third trip was absolutely splendid. Way too warm for this time of the year, and only a bit of breeze every now and then. The upper portion of the Whiskey Dick drainage always seems to be pretty well protected and it was downright warm there: 60F(?). Met a few people out on their ATVs, Jeep, and a off-road golf-cart-like contraption after sunset.

Not missing the crowded streets in Seattle one bit.

Not missing the crowded streets in Seattle one bit.

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One Response to Whiskey Dick Variations

  1. Martin, I like it. You keep on keeping on.

    My shoulder is finally getting better. Pascal and I did a fine loop in the Canelo Hills two weeks ago. .

    Then I participated in a work event in Canelo Hills and these two women were the best pick operators in the whole group. Many of the people had never done trail work. I tried to do some education.

    Thanks for the blog. Lee

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