Giddy to be able to breathe better today, and hoping very much for clouds with rain like this in the Gorge. I’m super glad I have visited it every excuse I had! This fire is so heartbreaking.
Hanging out at Mt Hood today with my niece! Also wandered a few waterfalls.
High above the Timberline! Love Mt Hood. A great way to spend the 4th – we stayed in the same room the Roosevelts did when they were here for its dedication. iPhone doesn’t do the mountains in the distance justice.
Beautiful weather at Devil’s Punchbowl!
My cousin Shelley came for a visit. She is a chef, so there were one million places I wanted her to try in Portland, but predictably only made it to a few.
We did have a lovely lunch in our garden:
And followed that up by driving to wine country in Dundee for a few tastings. We stopped at Argyle (Shelley wanted to try their sparkling wine), Winderlea and Torii Mor. Brian and I joined the wine club at Winderlea which will encourage us to go more frequently.
I can’t remember if I have written much about Silver Creek Falls on here, but we hiked there last weekend so I am posting some pictures. It is about an hour and a half from my house in Portland. There are ten main waterfalls. Gretchen, Brian and I hiked five of them. Fantastic day for it – lots of elevation, not very many people (at least for a summer day at Silver Creek Falls).
South Falls is 177 feet tall, and the one most people walk down to even if they aren’t going to do anything else. See the tiny people in the picture? That’s where the hiking trail goes, behind the waterfall.
I’m very certain the heat blankets we carry in our packs for emergencies are not intended to be picnic blankets but it worked really well against the damp. We had strawberries, spanish almonds, Chop Garlic and Black Pepper sausage, Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, Swiss cheese and a loaf of sour dough. There may have been a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely picnic watching everyone hike by. Here’s another picture.
So sunburnt after a day on the coast!