Southeastern Oregon in July is very hot and dry, guaranteeing blue skies and very low humidity. (It may be hot but it's not Washington heat.). Jeff and I rented a canoe at Rocky Point, an old-time resort that has an atmosphere much like Sycamore Island. We were given the usual paddles and life jackets for our canoe, and then the less usual whistle should we get lost in the marshes.
Our second day on the canoe trail was July 4th and to our delight the theme for the day was eagles. Once again we rented a canoe at Rocky Point but this time we headed north between the shore and the marshes, four miles to Malone Springs. Tall cedars, pines and firs lined the shore and near the top of one tall tree we spotted our first bald eagle. Perhaps a mile later we spotted a second eagle, larger and poised for flight. We watched him take off and soar over the lake in circles until we could no longer see him. After picnicking at Malone Springs we returned, making three more eagle sightings along the way.
Information on the canoe trails of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges -- complete with sound effects -- can be found at: www.klamathnwr.org/canoetrails.html.
Sandi and Jeff Komarow are prominent members and frequent visitors to the Island.