It was too beautiful to pass up

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I had been keeping an eye on the weather forecast as well as my schedule since I heard that today was supposed to get up to about 70. The city didn’t quite make it, but where I spent most of my day did make it up over 70.

I haven’t been hiking, properly for a couple of months (more like two and a half months). I needed to get out, stretch my legs and hit the trail again.

I needed to get out of the city, so I went down to Silver Falls State Park. I managed to hike about 3.25 miles while I was there. I hiked to about half way down the stairs leading to the Lower South Falls, and then back up. Parts of the trail were still slightly icy, and there was still a fair amount of snow on the ground driving up there, once I left Silverton, but the roads were clear, which was good.

I learned long ago, when you are going to a popular tourist spot, on a nice day, get there early to beat the crowds and the heat.

I hadn’t grabbed a jacket, because I didn’t want to bother, but I was glad that I keep a sweatshirt in my hiking backpack, as I was cold for a bit early on. Then I got way to warm.

Getting out early also meant that I had time to stop in Mt Angel, to take another picture of the Catholic Church, since I love the architecture of it.

I had also stopped in Woodburn to get a Dutch Bros coffee, as well as lunch as I started to head back to the city.

My last stop of the day before heading home, was St Paul, which also has another really pretty church.

Scenery wise I live this part of the country, though the politics, homelessness, lack of decent jobs, and rising cost to live here is pushing people like me, who have lived in this part of the state, out. While I am starting to look for jobs in other places, with a better cost of living, and where I can live the way I want, I am trying to explore this part of the country as much as possible and see as much as I can before I leave.

I have also come to the realization that some of the big hikes on my bucket list may not happen for a multitude of reasons, a big one being old injuries that never healed properly makes it hard to hike over uneven and more rugged terrain. It’s sad to see a dream not be able to be fulfilled in its entirety.

I am still trying to get out as much as possible and do what I can.

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Well, At Least We Tried….

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A friend of mine had sent me a text message yesterday, asking me if I was free today, and if I was, would I want to go for a hike. It worked out that I was free today, so we attempted to go for a hike today.

We had decided to attempt LaTourell Falls today, so I went out the old highway. The old highway is this super narrow, winding two lane highway, that is so much prettier than I-84.

Our first stop was at the Women’s Forum, which overlooks the Columbia River, and has an amazing view of Crown Point and the Vista House.

Continuing on east, the old highway takes you right out to the Vista House.

Crown Point, where the Vista House is located, is one of the windiest spots in the state. It was very windy today. I love the snow capped hills in the background.

I should mention that “the old highway” is a section of the historic / scenic highway 30 between Troutdale and where it rejoins I-84 at Ainsworth State Park, east of Multnomah Falls. Most of the hiking trails and waterfalls in the Gorge are accessed off this highway.

We reached LaTourell Falls, and started up, taking a few pictures at the viewpoint.

And then continued several more yards up the trail, before we were met with this sight;

The trail was iced over. We saw a couple coming back down, and had asked about the trail on up, and they hadn’t got much further up the trail, as it was bad (or worse) than where we stopped. We decided that we didn’t want to attempt it in that condition, as neither of us were really prepared for an icy trail, and didn’t want to get hurt. We turned around and went back down. We maybe hiked about half a mile, and were bummed to not rally be able to hike it today. We agreed to try it again in a few weeks once it warms up a bit and thaws out.

We also attempted to stop at Multnomah Falls, but there were no parks left, and was super icy, which seems to be the theme of today. So we came back to town, got food, coffee and ran a couple errands before I took her home.

While the wind cuts right through you, no matter how many layers you put on, it was worth being cold for a day like this. Getting out of the city is always a necessity.

Time to Wait and Prepare

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Well, I finally got everything I needed together that I needed in order to submit my passport renewal application today. I got it mailed off this afternoon.

Going to Scotland has been a dream of mine for something like 12 years now. I really need to make it happen on this passport.

I also really want to be able to go to Canada again, and go see my cousins who live in Alberta. I would also love to go see Jasper and Banff at some point.

There are also so many places I want to go visit.

Renewing my passport is just the first step to making it possible to go travel. I am also working on preparing and getting things together to make traveling easier and more fun.

While I want to move away from the city, and live on some property where I can homestead, there are thing I want to do, and places I want to see first.

I have never been someone who has never left their hometown, or even left the county they were born in. For that matter, I leave the county several times a week, since the county line in super close to where I live. The closest Fred Meyer, as well as the Mall, and so much more is in the next county over. Beings that they are closer than the ones that are located in my own city / county, I leave the county often, without really thinking about it. I have also had a few jobs that were located in Washington County, which is the next county over to the west. I also left the state multiple times before my first birthday, as well as having gone to Canada before I turned one, not to mention having gone to the beach before I turned one. While I am not a world traveler, nor did my family take regular big vacations, I am also not so much a homebody that I haven’t been anywhere. I definitely have a bucket list, that I would like to see in my lifetime, but it is nowhere as extensive as others.

The sense of adventures and exploring the outdoors, is definitely something I want to pass on if I have kids.

Life is short, the world is wide. I want to make some memories.

First Hiking Trip of 2019!!!!

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It’s been far too long since my last adventure post.

I have been working a lot for part of the last three and a half months.

Today, I needed to get out and go, and get back into the woods. I am trying to work up to longer and more intense hikes.

Today was a perfect day for a hike. It started off at about 33 / 34 degrees (~1c) and by the time I finished the 2.25-mile (3.62km) hike, a little over an hour later, it had warmed up to about 39 (~3c). I had started out with a long sleeve tee shirt, a sweatshirt and a jacket over that. by about halfway through, I was too hot and took the jacket off.

The last year or so, I lost sight of what makes me, well me, and what I want to be doing in life.

Besides the fact that I love hiking, the great outdoors, living a simpler and more meaningful life, part of what keeps me going is seeing other normal young women going hiking in amazing places, and doing amazing things, it also reminds me that I can do it too, and not be afraid to live the life I am supposed to be living. There is more to life than living a “comfortable”, boring life in suburbia doing the same thing day after day, without doing something to better this world.

Time To Find New Trails

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We are coming out of a long, hot summer. I haven’t been hiking since mid may, and I was more than ready to get back out and hit the trails.

After not hiking or exercising much during the summer months, the hike up to the top of the mountain was tough, and I was stopping every few yards to catch my breath and let my heart rate come back down again.

The early signs of autumn are all around and really starting to increase and be there. Fall is coming and I am so excited!

I had really liked Mt Talbert years ago, when I first started hiking it. Back then people still respected the whole no dogs allowed rule. It’s still posted no dogs / no pets (I have seen both types of signs), yet every time I have been there in the last couple years there has been at least one dog on the trail. The trails are narrow, and are really only single file trails, and the fact that it’s a nature park, and the county is trying to preserve the eco system and natural habitat, there is really no room for dogs on the trail. The blatant disrespect for the rules and other hikers has really turned me off of wanting to go back there. There are plenty of trails out there that allow pets, don’t be the prick who brings your dog to a no pets allowed trail.

I love hiking trails where there is flora and fauna to be seen and heard, so I am definitely needing to be looking for new trails to hike.

It’s Never Too Late!

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The past couple of weeks have been so hot that I haven’t left the house unless it was absolutely necessary. Wednesday was finally better. As much as I hate the heat, a high of 84 is definitely better than anything in the 90’s or hitting triple digits. The earlier part of the day was in the 70’s so it was bearable.

I needed to get out of the house and go do something, so I went exploring in the city. I drove around for a bit, looking for interesting architecture and murals on buildings and such. I was successful in my quest. I ended up in the area of Hawthorne Blvd, and the Alberta Arts District. These two areas are uniquely Portland.

I am trying to get out of my comfort zone more and explore this city that I grew up in. There are still areas that I am unfamiliar with, and I am trying to change that. I am trying to become more familiar with different parts of this city.

It was absolutely Chaos!!!!

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I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally write this post! It’s been a week and a half since I went to the beach.

Some long time friends of my mom’s, from Canada were in town, so they, my mom and I went to the beach while they were in town.

The beach is one of my absolute favorite places so I couldn’t say no to going.

We had gone to Tillamook and went through the remodeled cheese factory there in Tillamook. It had just reopened within the month prior (possibly within two weeks prior to when we went) and it was crazy busy. That crazy busy is not my thing but it is good for business and really good for the economy there. Everyone I was with got to get free samples and then bought ice cream cones. I had to abstain since I can’t eat dairy.

We then went up to my favorite spot in Rockaway Beach, to go down on the beach. I absolutely love this spot. On the drive, as we were coming into the south end Rockaway, as we had driven north from Tillamook, through the town of Garibaldi we saw the OCSR Steam Engine pulling into town.

We were on the beach a good hour or two. From there we headed north to Cannon Beach to get dinner at Mo’s. I had this really delicious grilled salmon. We were able to eat out on the patio, and it was a beautiful evening.

While we were in Cannon Beach, someone was having a campfire on the beach. The smell of a campfire mixed with the ocean air is one of my favorite smells ever.