Thursday, December 30, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Breakfast!

Nothing like a heart stopping Full English Breakfast on Christmas morning.... Merry Christmas Everyone :^)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Winter Meet & Deet!

So last Friday we attended the Portland Hikers Winter Meet & Deet & got to put some faces to some of the names we know from the website!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Train Hopping

So in the Summer of 1991 we ticked one of those all American pastimes off our list of things to do, Train Hopping! We rode a freight train from Vancouver Washington through the night to Pasco in Eastern Washington. Once there we jumped off waited a few hours for a train running in the opposite direction then jumped on & headed back to Vancouver! All told about a 20 hour trip with very little sleep but a great adventure.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Tree is up!

So we got the Christmas tree up & decorated today. All those lovely traditional customs of dragging a tree that's far to wide through a door frame that's way too narrow. Spending what seems like an eternity getting it to stand up straight and not lean in one direction or the other. Then Finally painstakingly checking mini light after mini light looking in vain for the one that is causing half the light string not to light up before finally giving up & going to the store to buy new lights! I love it really :^)...

Friday, December 10, 2010


September 1986 my friend Phil & I took a month long 6000 mile trip around all the Western states of America in a 1974 Toyota Corona. Finally got around to scanning those 25 year old plus slides into the pc!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Waterfalls & Wine

After a quick trip to a cold & rainy Silver Falls State Park last Sunday it was time to warm up with a spot of wine tasting in the afternoon :^)...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Coyote Wall

With the Promise of cold weather & snow by the end of the day we decided to get quick hike in before the weather turned & made our first trip up to Coyote Wall East of Bingen on the Washington side of the Gorge. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Intern Days!

The Timberline Loop 1986

Playing around with my camera, lightbox, & boxes & boxes of old slides I have from the 1980's & 90's! Here are the ones from my Oregon intern days 1985 to 86.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Two more waterfalls!

Sunday we went on a short hike with friends to check out two great Waterfalls on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge about 15 miles North of Carson. First on the list was the Giant 207 ft. Falls Creek Falls There are three tiers to the Falls but only the lower 2 can be seen from the lower view point. To see the upper tier you have to take the Upper Falls Trail. On the way home we made a short detour to see Panther Creek Falls, this is a very unusual waterfall only 500' off the side of Panther Creek Road & though a very fancy viewing platform has been built there is no sign to tell you it's there!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A new garden project!

I've sprayed out a 96' diameter circle in our back field to begin a new garden. There are  3 options which one would you choose?

1) A secret garden inside the hedged circle.
2) Make the whole thing a maze.
3) A living scale model of Stone Henge, I'll use columnar trees to represent a 96' diameter scale model of Stone Henge. (I should add that while option 3 is my favorite it's Chiyoko's least favorite :^)..

Monday, November 1, 2010

McCord Falls to Wauneka Point.

Sunday I joined a small Mazama group in an off trail hike up from McCord Falls to Wauneka Point. One of the toughest off trail hikes I've done in the Gorge to date. At one point you climb about 1700' in 0.6 of a mile :^).. Wauneka Point has great views & some of the best old Indian Workings that I've seen.

A few more pics here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pepper City

Even in a greenhouse the cool & cloudy 2010 wasn't a good year for hot peppers! Our Bhut Jolokia (Hottest Pepper in the World) rotted when they were about an inch tall. Our Tabasco & Habanero peppers grew but have yet to produce any ripe fruit. We did get a few peppers to ripen though including our first attempt with Fushimi, Shishito & Kung Pao.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Columbia Gorge Marathon

All done! 
Rainbows, Sun, Rain, Torrential rain, More rain & More rain, oh, & Wind :^)
26.2 miles, 2531' of hills!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A trip to Eden (Park)..

Sunday we set out for the Mt. Hood high country again knowing that it wont be long now before snow closes off the upper slopes to hiking. We decided to tick the Mazama (formerly Cathedral Ridge) trail off the list. Then do a loop around Cairn Basin & Eden Park. It was a beautifully Sunny day though morning temps were cold, the creeks were laden with ice that survived the day where the Sun didn't reach. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Post Mushroom Picking..........

In search of Chanterelles

So today we set out with friends in search for Chanterelles.

While we didn't find the bumper crop we were hoping for, we did scrape together a couple of pounds! Chiyoko worked her magic & turned them into a delicious cream sauce with pasta.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Search for the Mooney on Hood.

This trip was supposed to be a 7 hour 12 mile round trip to find the remains of an old Mooney airplane that crashed on Mt. Hood in 1975. We did eventually find the plane but it took us over 10 hours, 16 miles and a fair bit of off trail travel! Our plan was to begin at the Vista Ridge trail head then head up to the Timberline trail were we would then head East, cross Coe creek then leave the trail and head up a ridge to a set of GPS coordinates that we had. Unfortunately we left the trail one ridge too early & found ourselves only 2 tenths of a mile away from our goal but with a gaping chasm between us & our goal. We decided to keep climbing up the ridge we were on then cut across the mountain on half a mile of loose rock & snow before descending from above to our goal. We finally returned to the trail head in darkness, a long but great day on the mountain.

50 lbs of tomatoes

So what can you do with 50lbs of home grown tomatoes?

 Well you can blend them all up with onions, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, fennel, to get about 5 gallons of sauce!

Add heat

And in about 6 hours you will have 2.5 gallons of Spaghetti sauce :^)....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Into the Earth

Here are some photos of the second stop on our trip, Lava Beds National Monument. More lava tube caves than you can shake a stick at! Ranging from short easy walks to long belly crawls (we skipped most of those)..We also hiked up Schonchin Butte while we we there.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

There & Back Again

Saturday 09/05 Eric & I attempted to hike the 40 mile Mt. Hood loop trail in one day but it wasn't to be! We set out from Timberline Lodge at 4:15am with the goal of returning before 8:00pm. We made good progress for the first 14 miles to the Elliot Glacier crossing which we knew was going to be difficult. The trouble was when we got there we hesitated & walked up & down the East side mile long moraine trying to decide which was the best way to go. Finally hesitation about crossing & a ticking clock made the decision for us if we had crossed, it would be after 12:00 by the time we reached the West side Moraine and we would still have 26 miles to go. We we returned by the way we had come to Timberline Lodge all told, a 29 mile There and back again day hike! If the weather holds we will make another attempt later in September if not it will have to go on next years list!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Old Growth & an old Volcano Crater.

A poor weather forecast that never really materialized changed our original weekend plans so we decided to knock some local trails of the list that we hadn't hiked before. We had 3 we wanted to tick off the list, Multnomah Creek Way, the Bell Creek Trail & the Multnomah Spur Trail. With the help of some miles on the Oneonta, Horsetail Creek & Larch Mountain trails we were able to hike all three in one 16 mile loop.