So I also had a 2 part trip where the first part was thursday/friday which lined up with the_cw1's weekend from work. As I grew up in Hood River I knew of a few private/other sites to share with him, and from his posts here on FHF I knew he had great success herping near Wasco and I was eager to herp east of The Dalles. Both of us had never been to Catherine Creek before and we found a few other sites we hadn't seen.
The second part of my trip on saturday/sunday was my 11th wedding anniversary. My wife and I kept our schedule open but after hearing of the herping success with the_cw1 my wife was interested in road cruising Wasco (until 1am on saturday night!). We also hiked all over Catherine Creek and explored western Hood River.
As I'm usually saying these days... "I'll have a video up from this trip in a few weeks"
NSFW warning, some DOR snakes: Here are my herpmapper reports all reptiles found on this trip I got photos of
I can't compete with the_cw1's awesome macro shots, so I'll share some pano's and crappy phone pictures!
Southern Alligator Lizard
Northwestern Fence Lizard, found on a fence
Heron, Great Blue I think?
Catherine Creek looking towards Mosier and Mt Hood. I like blue button flowers
the_cw1 had just found a DOR juvenile gopher snake nearby while I admired the habitat of the fallen one
Even on a cooler day the rocky talus and canyons of Catherine Creek radiated heat that baked our souls
Blurry potato quality pic from my phone at dusk... I am a happy man to have a lady that goes on herping adventures on an anniversary! I used a hook to get a grumpy gopher snake off the road near Wasco and then it chilled out and then tried to convince me it was semi-arboreal with some sweet climbing tricks.
Thanks for being a trooper through the weather, the_cw1! Despite not being the best conditions we still found some snakes! \o/