2018/12/31: An easy classic to finish out 2018, a morning jaunt up Angels Rest. Our firs trip since the 2017 fire. Since we had the time afterwards we also stopped off at Dalton Point Something we had never made the effort to do before!
2018/12/27: Chiyoko & I went for an evening walk up and down Portland's Peacock Lane to take a look at the Christmas lights. Twenty years of more since I last did this. We then retired to the Horse Brass for some refreshment
2018/12/16: Our first walk along the Deschutes River since the Summer fire. Greenery is slowly returning, lots of grasses, horsetails and sagebrush re sprouting. A bit sad to see that the +6 mile rail car was completely burned, absolutely nothing left to see!
2018/12/02: Continuing are explorations of the newly reopened Western Gorge we hiked up to Larch Mt from Multnomah Falls & back. We hit snow at around 3000', no panoramic views but great to be back on Larch Mt. About 14.5 miles & 4100' of EG. We made it to the top at the same time as a bunch of other folks did!
2018/11/24: Day 2 of our Short Seattle Trip. We checked out Gasworks Park, Lenin's Statue, & the Fremont Troll. Then we headed over to the Seattle Center for a quick out and back on the monorail followed by a visit to the Chihuly Glass Museum. Before heading back home we made one final stop at the Capitol Hill Katsu Burger!
2018/11/25: On the Friday after thanksgiving the USFS finally opened up the Gorge Trails west of Multnomah Falls for the first time since the September fire of 2017. Like lots of other folks we went out for a look around at what was still there and what wasn't!
2018/11/18: When we arrived at the Top Spur trailhead it was freezing fog and 29 degrees, thoughts of a Sunny day in the Mountain were in doubt. We did not need to worry though as we soon found ourselves above the clouds under balmy clear blue skies. An excellent late Autumn day on the mountain.
2018/10/26: My marathon EU nursery tour allowed for about 3 free evening hours in Paris. Setting off from Gare du Nord at about 8:00pm I walked the couple of miles to Notre Dame passing the Centre Georges Pompidou on the way. After crossing the Seine I took the Metro to the Eiffel Tower. Big changes and lots of security since I was last there! About 11:00pm I caught an Uber ride back to the Hotel near Gare du Nord in time for some sleep before our early morning train to Cologne.
2018/10/14: A wonderful if very windy day at Indian Heaven. Clear blue skies & Autumn Colors and an autumn chill in the air along with a huge display of Fall Fungi in a huge array of shapes and colors.
2018/09/25: The Tozan Mt Railway is the steepest regular rail railway in Japan with grades of 8% in places. To get up the mountain the train goes through 3 switchbacks at each switchback the driver and conductor exit the train and change places from front to back.