Monday, May 22, 2017

Exploring Oregon

I've been trying to go to a few new hiking ventures. The mountains to my north and south are still blocked by SNOW. So we headed east to the Sutton Mountain Wilderness Study Area. The directions and trail were vague at best. 

 I was hoping to find some wildflowers and I did! Not all of my photos turned out but this one of wild lupine did. When the sun is bright and skies are blue it is hard to take photos.
 This was the "trail" we followed up Black Canyon. It looked to us like an old riverbed.
 I sure wished I had wore my boots rather than my trail shoes.
Parts of the canyon had this little creek. Some places it just came out of the ground.

When we started climbing we pretty much made our own trail (or followed Elsa)

 And up, up up!
 The views were pretty amazing!
Rewarded with more wildflowers. 

It wasn't the longest of hikes, but vigorous, for sure!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Finding Spring

I'm trying to get out when the weather is good and I have an open calendar. This was my birthday hike!

 Smith Rock is popular with rock climbers and hikers.
 This rock formation is called Monkey Face.

 Michelle's birthday is the same day as mine (different year!) so she opted to spend a girls weekend in Bend and it included a hike along Fall River. The elevation was over 4000' and it was snowing on our way to the trail-head. It was chilly, but a fun hike with a great group of women.

Hiking is on my agenda for this weekend too!

Love to you all!

Friday, May 5, 2017

In Search of Spring

There is still a little snow on the mountains, but this particular day I didn't need my spikes! LOL  A friend asked if I want to hike Dog Mountain on the Columbia River and of course I said YES!

 Here's the Columbia that separates Oregon from Washington. We were above the tree line at this point. It was 3.8 miles of some serious altitude gain!

 American Women who Hike is a new facebook group I've joined started by Bethani who is in the center. This is us at the top.
And us back at sea level. I've been sore all week! LOL

Get outdoors!

Friday, April 28, 2017

First Race of 2017

 Last Sunday my daughter came down form Portland and ran a race in Bend with me. It has been while since she raced and the day was perfect for it.

 Michelle is always the instigator. C'mon! Let's enter this race! 
 My daughter took the photos. 
If you look closely I'm running across the way in the green shirt.

 Running along the Deschutes River is wonderful!
As is the after run beer!

We've signed up for one more 10K in a month! In Bend. That will keep us running this month.

Have an active and healthy weekend!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Looking for Spring

We've had little glimpses of spring and I'm in search!

desert phlox

Probably weeds, but they are pretty in abundance. 
 We headed up to the mountains and the trails are still buried in snow! We had to look for lower elevation to take a walk. This is the East Fork of the Hood River.

We drove up to historic Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood and wow! What a view!

You may recognize this if you've ever seen the movie The Shining. 

The lodge was one of many that were built in the 1930's by the WPA to put people back to work during the great depression. I wish we made things this well these days. 

This is a hooked rug made from the uniforms of the WPA workers! 
I thought that was so cool. They wasted nothing! Let's take a page book from the 1930's!

Read about the historic lodge HERE. 

Keep on moving!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hiking Central Oregon

We were so snowed in most of the winter that as soon as a little spring weather hit we were outdoors  enjoying a few local hikes. Except for the last 3 photos these were all different hikes. 

 Old Criterion Ranch hike. It was a little early in the year and very muddy! 
(Porter and Elsa in the photo didn't seem to mind the mud)
Trout Creek Hike (this is actually the Deschutes River) 

This is Crooked River

 Stealhead falls on the Deschutes River. 
 View from Gray Butte. It was supposed to be sunny this day.... 
Then we hiked into Walton Lake in the Ochoco mountains. Although it is about 
5000' elevation we were surprised to find so much snow! It was hard to see where the trail is. In some places we sunk to our knees. 

 We brought our fishing poles. We weren't prepared to ice fish though, so we just enjoyed a picnic lunch. It was chilly, but oh so pretty! Look at that blue sky!
We hiked out a different way than we hiked in and passed the pay station. It really gives you an idea of how much snow is still there. 

I've definitely been staying active and still on track for my 10K training for the race in 2 weeks. 

I hope you are having a healthy spring!

Monday, March 13, 2017

In the Kitchen

Here's a new-to- me kitchen appliance!

It's an Instant Pot!! Basically an electric pressure cooker with added features. It sautes and is a slow cooker. It says it is a 6 in 1, but I haven't tried all the features yet. I've made a pot roast, whole chicken, chicken breast which I shredded for tacos, veggie stock from scraps, chicken stock from bones. There is so much more it can do and I'm learning something every day.
If you have an Instant Pot do you have a favorite recipe?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog is Neglected, Not Me!

 While in the Seattle area a couple of weeks ago Michelle and I went for a run by Lake Washington. I'm still on task for the Couch 2 10K. When I haven't ran in a few months (November- January)  it is always a good idea for me to add my minutes back in slowly. I'm halfway through the 12 week program and feel like I'll be ready to run the 10K April 23rd in Bend, Oregon. I'm using THIS training.  The ultimate goal is to be prepared for the Cascade Lakes Relay in August.

I'm still going to yoga and I absolutely love it. A well trained instructor makes all the difference in the world! She started teaching a spinning class too, which I'm also doing once a week.

So, keep on moving!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Winter Hiking

The weekend brought fairly clear skies and a little sun, so we thought we'd get outdoors for a bit. 
 This is a small part of Smith Rock State park. We took a less traveled route since everybody and their brother thought they needed to get outdoors too! This is a very popular rock climbing area- and if you want to see us doing it for my husband's birthday in 2011 check out THIS BLOG POST.
 Down by the river are old growth ponderosa pines. They are amazing old trees.

 The dogs were happy to get out of the house too!

 It was a chilly day despite the sun. If we were hiking on an area that doesn't get sun it was still snowy and icy. The trail was very muddy in some areas.
 This really isn't rock climbing, but some other crazy adrenaline sport!

Was great to get out of the house!

More snow is in the forecast- I hope it's wrong. We've had enough!