The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, July 29, 2015, Image 19

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    Blue Mountain Eagle
Journey Through Grant County
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Contributed photos/Haley Hueckman
Above: Ashley Grizzafii of Dallas, Sara Kosozik of
Boise), Haley Hueckman of John Day and Jessica
Newell of Arizona enjoy a welcome break at
Strawberry Falls. Left: Hueckman and Newell check
out the view above Strawberry Lake.
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Plenty of snacks,
beverages and
gas. Stock up
before you head
Fill up with the good stuff,
non-ethanol premium.
out of town!
favorite overnight, longer
hike?
A. One of my favorite day
hikes is the Pine Creek Trail,
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up to Baldy Mountain. For
bags and cookware. Anoth- a backpacking trip, start at
er important tip is packing the Strawberry Campground,
your backpack, distributing then to Slide Lake for the
weight onto your hips and not night, over to High Lake, to
your shoulders. ALWAYS let the summit of Strawberry
someone know where you’ll Mountain and then back down
be and an estimated time of to the Strawberry Camp trail-
when you’ll be done.
head.
Q. Not all trails are creat-
Q. Any memorable expe-
ed equally; they vary greatly riences?
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A. One of my more mem-
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deciding on a trail?
a popular spot to see moun-
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water sources, and trails that up there.
have been maintained. Not
When not out on the trail,
all trails are routinely main- home base for Haley Hueck-
tained and can sometimes be man, and her cat, Stella, is
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ways a possibility. The more
you hike, the more weight
you should be able to carry
on your trip. Prepare to carry
your food, shelter and water.
Q. Grant County has an
abundance of trails winding
through breathtaking scen-
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out where they are?
A. The best place to get
information on trails is the
Forest Service – either at the
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Day or the Prairie City Rang-
er District. They will have
maps there. You can get for-
est maps or if you plan on
being in the wilderness, they
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imperative, if you’re headed
to the wilderness, to learn
and know what wilderness
ethics are.
Q. How long have you
been hiking and how did you
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Strawberries and can remem-
ber being on the trail with my
family. Backpacking never
peaked my interest until col-
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Jessica, who introduced me
to the idea of sleeping on
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worked for the Forest Ser-
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amount about our forest. My
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where no one could drive.
Q. Got any lessons to
share with others?
A. Good hiking shoes and
water. These two things are
key in a safe and comfortable
hike, short or long. And gum-
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gummy worms for the trail.
Q. What’s your favorite
John
local day hike? And your
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