This year, after getting settled in an RV park in Astoria, we drove to Gnat Creek. It was good to remember our time and work there.
This shows one of the fish in one of the tanks at the hatchery during this visit. It isn't one of the salmon that are raised here.
If you click on this next photo to enlarge it, I think you can see hundreds of fingerling salmon.
In my blog post about our 2008 volunteer time at Gnat Creek, you can see what it looked like back then. Gnat Creek
This downed tree lies along the hatchery path through the surrounding forest. You can see how it provides a place for other plants to sprout. It is called a nurse tree.
Ferns at the base of some trees covered in moss. In the background you can see Gnat Creek flowing by.
We spent a lot of our volunteer time keeping this trail cleaned for hatchery visitors Often John trimmed back vegetation to keep the trail open and I used a blower to clean off debris.
I love these little flowers.
This is a nearby community of house boats on the John Day River.