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Pacific Crest Trail – Day 5 Paradise Park to Lolo Pass

Pacific Crest Trail – Day 5 Paradise Park to Lolo Pass

on Aug 19, 2014

After a chilly night with some strange dreams at Paradise Park, I was ready for some coffee. The previous night I had set all the coffee making implements right outside my tent door inside my vestibule so that all I had to do was unzip the flap a bit, light my stove, boil the water and pour it into my coffee pouch.  My plan was executed perfectly the next morning and a few minutes after waking I had a nice hot cup of coffee. I had not yet heard anyone else stirring in camp, so I decided to get out of my tent and stretch my legs a bit.  It was very shaded in camp and quite chilly still, so I made the choice to seek out some warm sunlight.  Fortunately all the clouds and mist and fog had blown off the mountain and I could see the sun was out in full force.  All that was required of me was to climb up the mountain a bit to get to it.  I poured the rest of my coffee in my cup and took off.We were in a really nice spot where all you had to do was take a short trail up and then you were on your way up the mountain.  It wasn’t long before I was sitting on a rock in the sun enjoying a very quiet, amazingly beautiful morning on the mountain, soaking in the sun and enjoying life.  If I could have lived in that moment for the rest of my life I would have.  It was a good 20 minutes before I saw anyone stirring down at the camp.  It felt like I had the whole mountain and the whole world to myself. Suddenly there were no questions being asked, no restraints on my time, no having to carry a heavy pack up and down the hills.  I had absolutely nothing to do but just soak in the sunlight, sip my perfect cup of coffee and enjoy the moment.Then I ran out of coffee… Back to camp I went. Everyone finally woke up and we ate breakfast.  We took some time to relax and enjoy the stunning view of the mountain before finally...

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So what if the weather is crappy, it makes it more fun!

So what if the weather is crappy, it makes it more fun!

on Jan 12, 2014

Living in the Pacific Northwest we have more than a few not so great weather days.  This last weekend we had lots of rain, plenty of wind and just general crappiness in the weather department. I had plans to take a hike up the Salmon River but was afraid of snowy conditions so Stalker and I got together and made a plan B. We thought about it throughout the week and came up with a plan to go to Friend, Oregon.  Stalker has been there quite a few times and claimed there was lots of neat stuff to photograph.  I took his word on this and we headed out late Saturday morning towards the eastern side of Mt Hood. As we went up the Gorge we marveled at the fallen tree debris from the previous night’s windstorm, and discussed the falling rocks at Multnomah Falls that had destroyed part of the bridge, thus closing parts of this all too popular attraction for months to come.  We also discussed supposed hikes and rock climbing opportunities throughout our beautiful Columbia River Gorge. As we passed through Hood River and started towards The Dalles he asked me if I had ever been to the Twin Tunnels.  My response was… “Twin Tunnels??  What are those?  Who cares let’s go!” He assured me that they were cool and it would be a very short walk to get to them and I would be pleased.  (He promised a lot of things on this trip… hmm that didn’t sound right…) We parked at the park for the tunnels and started our short walk.  Really I would say it was about 1/2 a mile to get to the tunnels but it was an easy walk.  The only problem I faced was that I wasn’t really dressed for rain and we were walking, in the rain.  It wasn’t that bad and I tried to stay in the dry areas under trees as much as I could.  I was having fun so I wasn’t complaining. In not much time we came upon the tunnels. I haven’t really looked up the history on these tunnels so I cannot tell you much about them other than they are really cool. It...

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A Quick Saturday Adventure

A Quick Saturday Adventure

on Dec 15, 2013

It’s amazing what you can find out in the woods if you just go a few feet off the road.  Saturday, Stalker and I decided to do just that.  We met up and headed off into the Clackamas Wilderness to find some adventure, some cool sights and scope out some potential future explorations.  We had no actual plan but found some really cool stuff just wandering around. Stalker and I had debated for a few days what we were going to do on Saturday.  There was the possibility that he might have to work and I had to be back to town around 2pm so our options were limited.  We eventually decided to just head out into the wilderness and drive around and stop when we found something interesting. Our journey took us out past Estacada to the Clackamas Wilderness.  We had decided on a general area and were both thinking pretty much the same thing.  We didn’t want to commit to a long hike but we wanted to have some fun and do some exploring. We got to Fish Creek Road (this has the trailhead to the Clackamas River Trail) and decided to start by following it to where the old road had been washed out and maybe take a little hike and explore the old road.  Before we got there we had to stop to get our first pictures of the day.  Across Fish Creek there was another stream that ran into it.  Normally, eh, not a big deal but this time the stream was frozen.  We were intrigued. We snapped a few pictures but really needed to get going to more interesting things.  We both wished that we could cross the creek and go exploring up the stream but that wasn’t really in the cards for this day.  We would have to come back at a later time. As we continued down the road we saw a couple more frozen streams and a few things up the hillside more that looked like they might be some sort of waterfall.  I think it was probably just small trickles of water that normally you wouldn’t notice, but once it is frozen it looks pretty spectacular. Soon we came...

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