this site, there is over 2700 feet of elevation gain! My calves were definitely feeling it as we made our way up and up.
When we stopped for lunch, the chipmunks came out of the woodwork! My goodness they were everywhere! So friendly too! We offered them pieces of bread from our sandwiches, which they happily took and ate. There were at least 5 different chipmunks that were running around us. One was friendlier than the others and actually let my brother pet him, MORE THAN JUST ONCE!!! One, poor guy, had a shortened tail.
This was an amazing day. I loved that I got to spend an entire day with my dad and both of my brothers doing something active and something that we all enjoyed doing frequently when me and my brothers were growing up. In fact, I was so caught up in the enjoyment of this hike that I volunteered for all of us to do a multi-day primitive camp and hike trip during one of my future trips to Oregon (probably the 2017 trip)! I already have a tent, I just need a good pack and sleeping bag and I'll be set!