Monday, October 16, 2017

Grasping Autumn!

We had clear skies in the forecast so I thought I better make a plan to get out and enjoy it!

This is near my home. You can see it's completely different than my mountain hikes. No matter what you think of Oregon, I live in the high desert! Late fall everything is pretty much brown.

 Fresh snow has fallen in the mountains. This is Mount Jefferson.
 These are the Three Sisters.

Mt Hood in the distance.

Then yesterday we took the scenic route home- only possible because there hasn't been a huge amount of snow in the mountain. 

I actually brought my tennis shoes to change into- I hate to miss an opportunity to run around outside!

 Timothy Lake
It was darker than the photo shows and the fog over the swamp looked eerily awesome!

Make it a fantastic week!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Chasing Autumn Colors!

Last Friday Elsa and I took the long hike to Green lakes and surprisingly we didn't see much fall color. So I found a few "easier" hikes on Mt Hood that hubby and I could both do while he still recovers from surgery. I was hoping for more color and we got it!
This was the trail to Tamanawas Falls. 

1/4 mile from the falls was a rock slide with massive boulders. We had the dogs and our older one wasn't up to rock climbing (and I wasn't keen on hubby doing it either) but he offered to stay with the dogs while I went and took a peek. This is what I found!
It was very pretty and we will need to go back at a later date so we can see it together.

Later we accidentally came across this short trail-head to Umbrella Falls. I've heard of it but have never seen it.

 You can't tell but it was raining pretty good at this point and my feet had gotten wet as I opted to wear my trail shoes and not my boots. After lunch and a hot coffee with Irish cream we were ready for another short hike.
This. is Trillium Lake

It was a fun way to end our Saturday. 

Snow is coming in the mountains now so if I do any hiking it will be in the desert.
I also got to try out the water reservoir in my backpack. I LOVE it! No more fooling around with water bottles...

Make it a healthy weekend!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chasing Summer

Last week our weather was shifting from typical sunny and chilly to downright rainy and cold so I thought I'd skip work and go for a hike while the skies were blue. This hike is one of the more popular hikes in Central Oregon and that was another reason to go on a weekday. 
This was my second solo hike- Elsa and I. Total out and back was 9.5 miles.
The trail meandered by Fall Creek most of the way and there were numerous falls 
beckoning me to stop and enjoy. 

Here was our reward. Looking east. Broken Top. 

Looking south to South Sisters. 

I certainly will need to go back since I didn't make it to the other nearby lakes!
Surprisingly there wasn't a lot of fall color yet.

Stay tuned for more autumn hiking....
I'm not running much these days so hiking is giving me the exercise I need to stay/get fit!
I hope you are keeping moving somehow. I firmly believe a body in motion, stays in motion.

Love to you!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Desert Hiking

Last weekend I took a short and dusty hike near my house. This time of the year everything is dry and brittle, but that is why it is called the high desert. 
I love getting int he woods and the mountains, but appreciate our dry climate too.

Old growth juniper tree.

Now you know why I head to the mountains!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Snoqualmie Hiking Part 2- LIttle Si

I thought I'd stop on my way home from Seattle for my first solo hike. (no Elsa!) 

 The weather was cloudy and rain was in the forecast, but my way up was dry. 
 I'm a desert girl but I love the green forest!

As soon as I got to the summit drops started to fall.

 And it got crazy!I had cover from the trees but still was getting wet.
It was a good time to test out my new Vasque boots.
By the time I got back to my car thunder and lightning had started and I was ready to be on my way!

Until next time......

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hiking Snoqualmie- Annette Lake

Last weekend I made a last minute trip to Washington, (prompted by a quilting friend purging her sewing room!) and thought I'd hike on the way up. 

This amazing woman suggested this hike and I planned on going solo, but at the last minute she decided to join me. Linda is a cancer survivor and a bad ass backpacker! Backpacking, as bringing everything you need and spending the night in the wilderness....or two nights!  Maybe next year I'll be able to join her.

My whole drive up was smoky and the mountains were not a lot better. But the forest must absorb some smoke because it felt very fresh.

Here was our destination- Annette lake.

There was some fall color but it was hard to see through the haze of smoke.

Thanks Linda, for the great company and the lovely hike!