After finishing the Top Ten Burger Crawl, Jeff and I realized we really needed to do something healthier, so we took up walking. We’ve walked the bluff in Oregon City and around Meldrum Barr and the Nature Path around Stone Creek Golf Course so far, taking turns choosing where to walk each week. This week I had picked Chrystal Springs Rhododendron Garden when Jeff passed on a little walking booklet from his sister Brenda.
Its about walking through Portland and includes various bits; history, nature, geology, waterways, all mapped out into different walks from short to long and easy to difficult.
I discovered Chrystal Springs in there, and it included a side trip up the road to Reed College where Reed Lake feeds the springs. Having never been there, of course I had to go. So Jeff and I set course for Reed College, which is just as well, as the park was fairly heaving with visitors.
We had a lovely walk through parts of the campus and all around the lake, which is very marshy and not very full of water at this time. We saw loads of ducks and birds and Jeff remarked that the habitat seemed ideal for turtles, with all sorts of logs laying about the water, only we never saw any evidence of turtles.
The day was lovely, everything was green and warm and sunshine-y with birds singing, a perfect walk, really.