Restoring Walla Walla River Basin creeks

It’s a cool, blustery morning in late April 1967. Opening day for stream trout on Couse Creek. Wisps of cottonwood bloom float above a field of alfalfa ready for its first cut. Basalt-studded slopes showcase the early bloom of sulphur buckwheat. A solitary crow spreads his wings and voices his opinion from atop a telephone […]

An arduous e-bike adventure

I push my bicycle past a concrete barrier that prevents four-wheeler access to the South Fork of the Umatilla River, strap on a backpack that holds a water bottle and a peanut butter sandwich, and begin the upriver journey to Thomas Creek. A pair of belted kingfishers chatter past. Dried stalks of mullein weed and […]