Friday, October 30, 2009

Table Mountain

Wednesday we had a rare opportunity for a midweek hike, we headed off with the intention of doing Hamilton Mountain but changed our minds en route for Table Mountain. We took the shorter route up the old Carpenter Lake Logging Road to the PCT. We then headed along the PCT for about a mile to the East Kiosk of the Heartbreak Ridge trail loop. Up to this point the hike was a country ramble, that changed in a heartbeat with the final 1.25 miles climbing over 1600 feet to the Summit. We returned by way of the West Way Trail which is even steeper in places but avoids a talus slope that most people would prefer to go up rather than down. You can find a more detailed trip report here & More photos here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eel bones anyone?

So Chiyoko got back from Japan this week, returning with all kinds of delicacies & tasty snacks for me to try. Here are two of them: Eel bones (crunchy) & dried baby Japanese Pilchards (haven't tried them yet)..

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nesmith Ridge Trail

Eric & I set out to follow the old Nesmith Ridge Fire Trail mentioned in Don Lowe's 1986 Book 50 Hiking Trails Portland & Northwest Oregon. It was a lost trail back then but recently some folks have retraced it & written up the route on The hardest part is finding were to begin, basically you have to bushwhack up from Upper McCord Falls to a bench area at about 850' with no signs of a trail. Once you have done this you can find a faint but followable trail the rest of the way (well mostly!!). The trail is not for the faint of heart it's steep & you will need your hands & head as well as your feet!. To make a day of it we continued on to Nesmith Point then returned to the trailhead by way of the more sedate Nesmith Point Trail. A more detailed trip report is written up here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Off the beaten path.....

So Sunday afternoon I headed out with the intent of finding an off trail waterfall behind Shepperds Dell on Young's Creek in the Columbia Gorge. Trouble was once I got there I chickened out figuring the risk reward ratio was just too high for this day, I'll try again when things are not so wet & slippery. Instead I had to content myself with the forgotten spur trail to the top of the Wahkeena Falls & an old closed trail with lots of steps on it :^)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Miller Garden

Friday I went up to the Miller Garden in Seattle for the Fall Great Plant Picks Meeting. We arrived about an hour early so we had time for a look around the garden. Sadly the drive home wasn't nearly so fun, heavy rain coupled with a Friday afternoon combined to make the drive home from Hell, it took us 7 hours to get back. More pics here.

Cloudcap to Cooper Spur

Sunday October 11th, we thought we would try & get one last high elevation hike in on Mt. Hood before the winter snows came. Since Chiyoko was back visiting Family in Japan for a couple of weeks it just left Eric, Nancy & I for the day. We decided to go to Cloudcap as the road had just been reopened after more than a year because of the fire in September 09. The temperature dropped as we drove up the Coudcap road by the time we reached the trail head it was 25F but there were still some folks camping there. We dealt with strong biting cold winds at times and warm balmy sunny conditions at other times. A great day despite the wind.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Base of Tripple Falls

Since I already had wet feet from Oneonta Falls I decided to go & check out the base of Triple Falls. To get to the base of Triple Falls you have to leave the trail about half a mile before getting to the Triple Falls view point, take a steep scramble trail down to Oneonta creek & then travel up the creek to the falls.

Oneonta Falls

Ticked another off trail Gorge waterfall off the list on Friday. Oneonta Falls can be accessed by either traveling about a 1/3rd of a mile up the creek from Middel Oneonta Falls or taking a steep scramble trail off the Tripple Falls trail.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pepper Power

This week we harvested the first of our Bhut Jolokia peppers. Here they are photographed with a few Habaneros. I took them to work & sliced them up. They lived up their reputation making the habaneros seem like tomatoes :^). Incredibly hot, a few people managed to down a few small pieces but nobody could eat them without pain.....

1 seed, 2 seed, 3 seed 4.....

We have been picking Japanese Maple seeds at work, this is a days work for Isidro, Sergio, Juana, Irene & Elizabeth. The plate on the right has 100 seeds on it, the plate on the left 500. From that we estimate the bucket at 50,000 seed.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Crown Point at Sunset

Sunday after the marathon we headed to a local hostelry to recoup on burgers & beer :^) After that we headed on down to the Portland Hikers get together in the Columbia Gorge and on our way home ended up at Crown Point right at Sunset.

Portland Marathon 2009

Survived another Portland Marathon - Just!
No records broken this year :^( - I was doing OK until mile 23 when my legs gave up & I had to hobble / walk / run the last 3 miles. Finshed in 3:49:19. Eleven minutes behind last years time! Chiyoko though broke her personal best for the 5 mile run finishing in 46:19

Piece of Pizza :^)

Chiyoko tried her hand at homemade Pizza this weekend.
Results were very good :^)..