2018/09/30: A evening stroll around Oregon City. There are so many old almost hidden footpaths and staircases around the town. It's a fun place to explore. It's also home to one of only 3 outside elevators in the US and the ride is free :)
2018/08/19: Early morning on Yocum Ridge, Pascal & I set off to explore the upper North side ridge. It's much more rugged that the South side but still an incredibly beautiful place. After an early lunch back at camp it was then time to hike the 9 plus miles back down.
2018/08/18: Our annual backpacking trip, this year we returned to Yocum Ridge, we camped at the end of the trail then Chiyoko & I carried on up to the upper slopes on the Southern side of the ridge. All in all about 11 miles for the day.
2018/08/12: Our first return to Olallie Butte in 8 years. Just short of 4 miles and 300O' of EG in each direction Olallie Butte is the highest spot between Mt. Hood & Mt. Jefferson along the Cascade Range.
2018/08/05: Our last climb of the South Sister was a night climb in 2015. We decided we better get back this Summer and do it again before the Forest Service slap a threatened permit system on it in 2019.
2018/08/01: Sitting down at the far end of the lake to eat our sandwich we were ignored by all but this duck who approached us like a heat seeking missile. Yes I shared some crusts with her, ironically it was an egg salad sandwich!
2018/08/01: I made countless trips to Trillium lake but I don't think that I have ever bothered to go there in the Summertime before! A lovely evening hike down to and around the lake from Government Camp. Followed by a restorative pint of Ice Axe IPA!
2018/07/27: The Amazon Spheres, nicknamed Bezos' balls they opened in January 2018 they are a mix plant conservatory with over 40,000 plants, office space & meeting rooms. Reserved for Amazon employees only except for prebooked public tours.
2018/07/29: I never like to complain about the Summer Weather because it passes so quickly. But this escape from the heat to the misty rainforest of Tillamook Head was a welcome treat while Portalnd baked in it's 8th straight day of temperatures above 90.
2018/07/29: Hidden near the hikers cabins on Tillamook Head is the old WWII Radar Station J-23. Part of the West Coast US defense against the threat of a Japanese attack. The more adventurous can venture inside where we found one large frog had taken up residence.
2018/07/15: Our first trip to No Name Lake from the North side of Tam McArthur Rim. There is no official trail from The Rim to the lake but a good user path most of the way. Grand views the whole way there!
2018/07/08: We used to camp quite regularly at this old Shelter on the shore of Breitenbush lake back in the late 80's and 90's. until yesterday though it was 12 years since I was last here. Happy to see it again.
2018/07/04: Independence day begins with Sunrise over Johnson Ridge at about 5:30 in the morning. About 4 hours sleep in the back of the crosstrek after star pics and it was time to crawl back out the sleeping bag in time for sunrise pics :)
2018/07/03: Actually the Milky way over Mt St Helens. After work we drove the 120 miles up the the Johnson Ridge observatory and waited for darkness and the stars to come out! What we had not bargained on was the 30mph plus wind gusts and flying dust and grit!