The Aftermath of Hiking

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The hike I went on yesterday was fun, but now I am paying for it, with a blister and sore muscles and joints. 

I put my ankle brace on my left ankle and I am sitting here with ice packs on both of my knees. I have also taken some Ibuprofen to help with the pain and swelling. 

My left ankle was severely injured about 14 years ago, when I badly sprained it, and was not able to let it heal properly.

I love hiking and don’t want to give up hiking, even though I have old injuries to contend with and am more apt to reinjure them. 

I am quickly learning that footwear is important, and even though I have hiking boots, I feel like they are a bit too loose for my feet, so when I can get back to working again, I need to try out more pairs. I am willing to pay for a quality pair (or pairs) of hiking boots when I find a good fit. 

I know I really need to work up to more strenuous hikes, and get my body used to moving more than I currently do. Getting my muscles and joints used to moving more will help. I also need to do more “easy” hikes and get my body used to elevation gains and descents, as well as rougher terrain. After yesterday I also want to steer clear of the popular spots during peak times/seasons so I don’t have to contend with a ton of people trying to go by, and walking on the rougher edges where I would be more apt to roll or resprain my ankle or pop one of my knees out of joints. Earlier Mornings (like as soon as the park opens or as late as 8:30 – 9:00 am to start out) and the off seasons are good for the popular spots, especially the ones with narrow trails. 

I will be fine in a few days. 

When Your Legs feel like Jelly

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It’s been a while since I have gone for a hike, so yesterday (Tuesday) I went for a short (somewhere in the ball park of 2 – 3 miles) hike at Silver Falls State Park. 

There are several things I learned yesterday: 

1. Start off with an easier hike when so out of shape

2. Pick a less popular spot in the summer, the tourists will stop right in front of you on a narrow path to take a picture and slow you down

3. Don’t go hiking on such a warm day (or go in the morning if I am visiting someplace with a warm to hot climate)

4. If I ever have kids, take them hiking from the time they are still being worn in a mobywrap type wrap (or at least a backpack carrier) so they will learn to love it from a young age and have fewer meltdowns on the trail. 

5. Invest in a better pair of hiking boots

6. Finish knitting up my boot socks, as Hanes socks don’t stop blisters. 

7. Wear as lightweight clothing as possible this time of year. Jeans are just too hot.

I do have to say that when I got away from where the bulk of the crowds were congregated, it was fairly quiet of human sounds, and the air smelled like being in the woods (which I was), and a bit like being at summer camp. The birds were chirping and you could hear the sounds of the creek flowing by as well as the sound of water going over the falls. 

I feel like I may have gotten a little sun kissed, but not too bad. I thought about putting on sun block, then reminded myself that I could use the vitamin D. We don’t get enough of it this far north, especially for those like me, who prefer to hide out indoors when it is sunny and warm. I know sunburns aren’t good for your skin either, it doesn’t look like I really got burned, my arms just feel a little warm. 

I could totally tell that my muscles aren’t used to hiking anymore, and that I will likely be sore in the morning. By part way through my legs were feeling like jelly. 

Note to self: I need to go for more walks and easy hikes, before I really try tackling more of the moderate to difficult hikes and work up to them. That, ultimately is my goal, to be able to go on longer and more strenuous hikes. I want to have the stamina and endurance to be able to do the whole 8.7 mile trail of ten falls loop hike at Silver Falls State Park, and be able to do it easily in a few hours. It is a “moderate” difficulty hike with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. That is my first “big hike” goal, from there I would love to consider doing other tougher hikes. 


Oregon has so many hidden and not so hidden gems to be explored, that I could be kept busy for a while exploring what is in my own home state. 

Bybee-Howell House

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Yesterday, my mom has suggested making a run out to Sauvie Island, and go to one of the farms to see if they had Strawberries yet. Turns out that it is still a little early for strawberries, especially to get flats of them to make jam. They had some from their first picking so we got a couple of pints. 

We had driven past this old farm house, which I had seen before, but kind of took notice of yesterday. The site has been turned into a territorial park. The house itself was built back in 1856, before Oregon was even a state. It’s original owner was one of the first commissioners of Multnomah County. 

I love old farm houses, especially in this part of the country. The Bybee – Howell house has an orchard out back, and it was so pretty. 

Ready for New Adventures 

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I know I mentioned in my last post, that I love this part of the country, which is 100% true, I do love it here. At the same time, I am ready to move. I don’t want to move super far away, but I am wanting to move somewhere that would open up more adventure opportunities that are in the Rocky Mountain region, yet also near an international airport. 

Living where I am, we have old company owned lumber mill towns that have been Demolished, and are not open to be explored. 

I am wanting to go and explore the old gold and silver towns, and towns of the Old West / Wild West history. I am always looking for new content to write about and post pictures of for you all. 

While I love this part of the country, I can only go back to the same places so many times before it is redundant, and boring for all of you, as well as for me. 

I will keep you all updated when things and the details fall into place and a move takes place. 

Late Spring Afternoon Drive

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Today I just needed to get out of the house and go for a drive. 

I headed Southeast out through Clackamas County, out to Estacada, and a little way up into the Cascades.  

While I am definitely a beach person, I grew up living in between two mountains ranges, so I am used to seeing them everyday. Even though I am using to seeing the mountains everyday, I never get tired of seeing them. 

It was hot today, so, on the freeway I definitely used the AC, but once I was on the back roads I just rolled the windows down to get the breeze. It made for beautiful pictures. 


It’s days like this (as long as I have AC), that remind me why I love this part of the country. It is so pretty here, and it’s not all built up, and there are still many wide open, natural spaces. It’s not all concrete and steel here. 

Making Plans

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I know I recently made a blog post about places I wanted to go hiking, and I have gotten thinking about the places, that don’t necessarily include hikes, or are not hiking specific that I want to go visit, and see.

I have been interested in, and loved exploring the old ghost towns, and restored ghost towns of the American and Canadian West. This began the first time I had visited Barkerville, British Columba, in Canada. I would love to go back to Barkerville again, now that I am an adult.

I am fascinated by old places, as of yet, I am a die hard urban explorer, but I do love seeing these old places, that have a history, and at one time were living, breathing towns that were bustling with life. Then for whatever reason these places became abandoned, and go from bustling to nothing. I don’t believe in ghosts or paranormal, yet I do believe that the places still hold memories of the people who lived there, which is eerie in and of itself. I know buildings aren’t alive like humans are, ¬†but there is just something about old, abandoned places, where human life has left an imprint.

Some old Ghost Towns I would love to visit include:
Bannock, Montana
Bodie, California
Tombstone, AZ
Virginia City, Nevada
Goldfield, Nevada
Barkerville, British Columbia

Idaho Silver Mining Towns such as:
Chesterfield Historic Town Site
Wallace Area
Bayhorse Ghost Town and Trails
Silver Valley Historical Area
Custer Historic Mining Town
Silver City Historical Area
Idaho City Historical Area
Sierra Silver Mine Tour

On a less creepy, old, scary note other places I want to go visit include:

Going back to New York City, two more times, once when the weather is decent and warm enough to go see all the sights, and the second time, being sometime between Thanksgiving and mid December. I want to see the skating rink and the tree in Rockefeller center, as well as everything decorated up for Christmas.

I want to visit Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine in the fall and see what all the fuss about Autumn in New England is all about, especially since fall is my favorite season.

I also want to go to Disneyland in October to see it decorated all up for Halloween, as well as in December, to see it all decorated for Christmas. One of these trips (Probably the October Trip), I would love to go back to San Diego. I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to the first time.

I would also love to be able to spend a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in London. I would love to attend the Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey, that begins Christmas Eve night and goes into Christmas Morning, as well as attend a Christmas Service on Christmas Morning. Then head up to Scotland, and stay through New Years (which would include my birthday), before coming back to the States.

I would also love to visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Denali National Park, see the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as Nashville.

There is a lot I want I want to see, but nothing that can’t be done in my life time, yet still be able to put down roots somewhere, and have a home of my own. At worst be able to do some urban homesteading, at best have a bit of property and do a bit more intensive homesteading.

Places I want to go Hiking

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I have done a bit of hiking here in Oregon, and I really want to go hiking other places as well. I have begun a list of places I want to go hiking in. Some of the hikes I want to go on will also include camping, which is totally fine by me.

  • Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs
  • Trail of Ten Falls Loop – Silver Falls State Park – Oregon
  • Alaska
  • The Scottish Highlands
  • Short 2 – 5 day hikes in the Sierra Nevadas, along the PCT
  • Somewhere in the Colorado Rockies
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley – Arizona
  • The Great Smoky Mountains
  • The Adirondack Mountains
  • The Peak District – UK
  • Lake Louise – Alberta

This is not a complete list, it is just the beginning. I know I want to do more hiking than what I have listed here. The places I have listed above are just the places I currently know that I want to go hiking at.

As I do more hiking, and go on more adventures I will for sure be keeping you all updated.

If you all want to see more pictures from my adventures than what I post here on the blog, be sure that you have liked my Facebook page, as I will be posting pictures, and updates and all that kind of stuff there, that I may not necessarily post here on my blog.