Anwen leaves the Eastern seaboard & heads out over North Atlantic!
There is a great website http://www.flightview.com were you can punch in just about any flight over America and see were the plane is at that moment - very cool.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On the Saturday of our Elk lake camping trip Chiyoko & I drove a few miles South of Elk Lake on the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Six Lakes Trailhead area. From here we hiked in 6 miles past Blow Lake & Dorris Lake to the PCT. At the PCT junction we turned north & hiked about another 6 miles past island Lake, Dumbell Lake & on to Island Meadow. From here we continued on the PCT for a further 3 miles to the junction with the Elk Lake Spur Trail. We took this trail through the old forest burn of a few years ago returning to the Elk Lake campground after about 16 miles on the trail. Luckily Mirranda agreed to give me a lift back to our car at the Six Lakes Trailhead. With the exception of the few people we saw camping at Dorris lake we didn't see a soul all day.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I wasn't sure if we were going to climb the South Sister on this years camp at Elk Lake but Anwen's Friend Laramie who was with us wanted to give it a try so we headed up on the Thursday in less than perfect weather. We experienced everything from bright sunshine to freezing rain & gale force winds, sometimes switching between the two every couple minutes. The Summit was cold & we didn't hang around for very long but we did make it!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
On Friday July 31st Chiyoko & I took Jane, Tim & Maddy on a tour of the Columbia Gorge. Way too much to see in one day so we hit some of the obligatory tourist spots like Multnomah Falls but also some of the almost unknown places like the trail to Mist Falls. We also stopped at Latourell Falls, Wahkeenah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Cascade Locks for Lunch and the Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery in the afternoon to see Hermon the Surgeon.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
So July 29th turned out to be the hottest day since 1981 with the temps ranging from 104 to 106 depending where you were. To try & escape some of the heat & our 93F living room we decided to go & show Jane, Tim & Maddy Oneonta Gorge. I kind of new going there on the hottest day in over 25 years that we wouldn't have the place to ourselves - well that was true, it seemed like half of Portland was there! Nevertheless it was a good 20 degrees or more cooler and walking up the gorge in the stream certainly cooled us down.