Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Anwen heads back to the UK.

Anwen leaves the Eastern seaboard & heads out over North Atlantic!
There is a great website were you can punch in just about any flight over America and see were the plane is at that moment - very cool.

PCT to Island Meadow


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

South Sister Climb

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!

Friday, August 21, 2009

A round of golf anyone?

So one evening after work before Jane & Tim left we all headed down to the Edgefield for a couple of beers, a bite to eat & a round of par 3 pitch & put golf :^)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Maddy Learns to Drive

So here is a movie of Maddy learning to drive our pickup in the back field :^) Then Jane had a go but things didn't improve much :^)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Day at the Beach.

So after 8 straight days of temps above 90 degrees we decided to head to the Coast for a break! It was predictably cloudy & cool with temps in the 70s!

A trip up the Columbia Gorge

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

A trip to Timberline Lodge

Tuesday July 28th Chiyoko & Mirranda took Jane, Tim & Maddy up to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in the hopes of escaping the 100 degree temps!

Hottest Day in 25 years!

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.