William Finally Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis, Oregon

Step back into time; back to 1850. Meet John Fiechter from Baden, Germany (age 28) and his wife Cynthia Ellen Newton (age 16). In 1855 having seven children they lived in a log cabin for 2 years well their house was being built. John died at the age of 39 leaving Cynthia at the age of 27. Archibald Johnson married Cynthia a year later. They had 5 children together. Putting 12 children in the small house.

The Fiechter House today.

The Carriage House built in 1933.

Linoleum rug.

How would you feel about heating up an iron between 250 degrees to 360 degrees in a hot fire to iron out the wrinkles? Or how would you like to brush the wool off of sheep with wool brush paddles? Or use a drop spindle to spin wool? Make homemade candles? The girls were most interested in the hair curling tongs (of course). Many would lose hair or burn themselves from the heat. It was hard to get the temperature right from the fire to heat the tongs; to hot would be dangerous to cool wouldn’t curl the hair.

It just so happened that we were able to take a tour of the the house; it’s only open 1 to 2 times a year. Lucky for us that we ended up their at the right time.

Now back to today. Enjoy 5,325 acres plus 341 acres of Snag Boat Bend Unit of wildlife.

The store and offices.

At the Finley Road entrance you will be greeted by one of the nicely maintained boardwalks. Park at Prairie Overlook; walk the short boardwalk have a seat and take in the delightful countryside.

It was fun trying to keep dry in between rain showers.

You can walk out on the prairie but please stay in the path and don’t disturb the wildlife.

We took a drive to the Turtle Flats.

We didn’t see any turtles but we did see a duck and we heard what we think was a frog jumping in the pond.

Chris and I found this huge slug. Comparing to a men’s size 13 shoe.

Chris and I walked some of Brown Swamp well the kids were walking more of Turtle Flats.

Back in the car we drove to Woodpecker Loop. The trail is 1.1 miles.

Walk through different terian; boardwalks, forest, open fields, gravel and muddy paths.

Relish your thoughts well sitting on a bench by another pond.

Mill Hill Trail connects up with Woodpecker Loop Trail it is another 2.5 mile hike.

Along the grave path you’ll see the roots of a fallen tree that has been overwhelmed with brush.

Chris held back limbs so I could walk on the path.

This plant had once been broken yet has been healing and still be able to live. Amazing.

The oak trees are so unique and huge.

On the way out we saw 2 quill.

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