Broken Snow Sparks

Broken Top Mountain blanketed in a fresh blanket of snow, only the second or third covering this year, reflected in the mix of ice and water of Sparks Lake.

For you mountain fans, to the left of this view is South Sister, to the right is Mount Bachelor.

Broken Snow Sparks

After a long weekend in Bend, Oregon, where Goddess and I attended a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course called Wilderness First Aid (WFA), we took the long way home.  Bend is only about 3.5 hours from our house, but it took us about 8 hours.  The snow here at the summit of Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway that had fallen over the weekend had turned to ice, so the going was slow for a few miles.  But more than anything, we took many a side trip for different views and experiences.  Our only disappointment of the whole drive was that the north entrance to Crater Lake was closed due to the snow, so we didn’t get to see the lake on this trip.  Sure we’ve seen it many times, but have yet to see it from the north side when the rim and surrounding mountains are covered in snow.


I mentioned the WFA course.  It’s a course I cannot recommend enough to everyone.  The focus is on first aid issues in the wilderness, but it’s info that is equally useful in an urban setting.  You might be able to find one near you either through your parks & recreation agency or through REI.


6 thoughts on “Broken Snow Sparks”

    1. That it did. This one time. There were quite a few other instances that day where it didn’t, not even allowing a glimpse of a summit. But that’s part of the fun.

  1. Bill, thanks for the review of WFA course, I have looked into this a couple of times, because it is highly marketable for NPS and NFS jobs. Basically though, it just looks like good fun! Shannon and I Will seek one out in our area and see if we can swing it with the kiddos.

    1. Eric – glad to help.


      There is a WFA with 4 spots left coming up this weekend (8-9 Nov) put on by the Brentwood REI.  I know it's short notice, but keep an eye on their website. 


      If you're looking at it for that future NPS or NFS job, keep in mind that WFA and WFR have a 2-year recertification schedule.  So if you're looking a few years out before applying, perhaps it's best to take it when you're a year or so out from applying.  Although it's great info to have now, especially for your family hikes.


      Take care,



      Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 at 6:34 AM

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