Jan. 18, 2014
A recent outing to hike came to an abrupt end for me and my husband last weekend. We traveled from California to Oregon to hike for a weekend with friends over by Sisters, Oregon. We had come expecting snow in the Cascades but found very little on the ground. After stocking up on food and water, we began our overnight hike into the Three Sisters Wilderness area. Everything was great until we reached some waterfalls near Quinsy Creek. After stopping and having lunch, we started out again into a meadow but some weird feeling began to bother me, like we were in danger. I brought it up to my friends and they too replied they had a feeling of danger. We stopped to look around and everything seemed to be OK. As we came to the end of the meadow, we noticed a terrible smell coming from the trees off to our left. My husband said he thought some type of wildlife had died thus causing the smell.
As we walked on the trail, we came upon some tree branches that looked as if they had been ripped off a tree and then whipped on the ground. This was alarming to us because of the size of the limbs. We decided that we should not go any farther, so we turned around and walked back to the meadow.