May at Memaloose Hills

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Memaloose Hills is a panorama of wildflower-covered rolling hills, just along the Columbia River near Mosier, OR. I visited this area Wednesday 7 May 2014. The balsamroot seemed past its prime.

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Despite that, they were still beautiful. There were plenty of other flowers, too.

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The lupine was quite spectacular.

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My favorite were the Bachelor’s Buttons.

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The Columbia River Gorge is quite close, and it’s a beautiful view from the top of the hill.

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It’s a short hike through the oak fields and up the nearest hill. I know on that a prior visit to this area, I hiked up and down another hill, with really no visible trail. I preferred–this time–to stick to a shorter and more sure-fire route.

The trees, breeze, quiet streams, grasses, and wildflowers make me remember why life is worth living.

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Wump stream v.Memaloose

I hope a late April or early May trip to Memaloose Hills is on the agenda for next year, too!

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