After a month or more of heat and smoke, it feels great to get out to the forest. The air is still smokey, but I wanted to get out for a hike before the rain set in for a week. A great way to escape the smokey air is to find an old growth forest. Darrow Bar, on the Willamette River Greenway, is a small patch of older maples, other hardwoods and a few firs. There is a colorful undergrowth prime for nature photography, and probably birding and general exploring too. It is definitely one of the hidden gems as far as short hikes go, near Salem, OR.
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