If you want to find out the exact official location of Mt Baldy, you will need to look in the area of the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge on a USGS Topographical Map. Most people that hike to this 414 ft elevation overlook probably think of it as Basket Butte. The more discerning hiker with probably know it as the location of the Rich Guadagno Memorial Platform. We went there last week with the goal of getting a good "cardio workout hike". But the minute we stepped out of the car and heard the multitude of singing birds, we could not help ourselves and we reverted to our bird counting speed, which is more of a snail's pace. We were not disappointed, it was a beautiful morning of sunshine and song, and we tallied a great bird list. But we also got much more, my attention continued to shift to the new flowers of Spring, and I paused a few times to snap a photo or two. An acquaintance, descending the trail, pointed out some Black-tailed Deer on slope in back of us.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
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In route to Tillamook we made a couple of stops, first at the Tillamook River Rest Area along Highway 101 to have lunch and make a bird list, and next at Hoquarten Sough Trail to make a bird list. Our parking spot for the night was at Fred Myer, which worked great to purchase dinner and additional groceries.
Our return route the next day to Dallas involved a stop at Sand Lake to bird at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area (list), and a stop at Bob Straub State Park in Pacific City. There is cell service at Straub, but not at Sitka Sedge. I worked on photo editing, and Jeanette made a bird (list), and we had lunch.