Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Day

Many thanks go to Chiyoko & Mirranda for putting on a Great Christmas Dinner that we all enjoyed! Although no Christmas would be complete without Suzy's Steamed Cranberry Puddingflambéed by Phil!

Down to the wire!

Down to the wire! Chiyoko putting the Royal Icing the Christmas Cake in the nick of time... 

Boxing Day Eve..

Boxing Day Eve we were treated to a surprise snow shower! It only lasted for a few hours but made for some nice Christmas Photos :^)..

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

A walk in the snow

Sunday 12/09/12 I set off with a group from on a Russ Jolly - Nesmith Point Loop. We started at Horsetail Falls at 7:00am. We took the Russ Jolly Trail to the Upper Shelter & then a bushwhack route up to the Rock of Ages Trail. From here we hiked over to the junction with the Horsetail Creek trail & then on to Nesmith Point in the snow. After a short lunch break we hiked down the Nesmith Point trail to it's junction with the old washed out section of the 400 trail that heads back to Dodson. We took this trail & found it to be mostly easy going despite the washouts. From Dodson we quick marched back to Horsetail Falls on the road for a 14.6 mile loop with about 4675' of EG.

The 2012 Meet & Deet!

December 8th was the annual Meet n' Deet! Like fishermen getting together to tell tall tales of their hiking exploits over the previous 12 months. Special guests for the evening were Don & Roberta Lowe who kindly signed books that they had written in the 60 & 70's about hiking trails in Oregon & Washington. There is a thread on the event here on the portlandhikers site.

Another Waterfall ticked of the list!

Sunday Chiyoko & I headed out to tick another Off Trail Gorge Waterfall off our list - Lower Greenleaf Falls. As bushwhacks go this turned out to be an easy one! We made our way up the side of the Falls & connected with the PCT above to make a loop out of the trip.

Cake in the Woods

So on our Sunday hike the group Surprised me out in the woods with Birthday Cake & Champagne! Not your average hiking day lunch - Thanks guys..


We spent a great Thanksgiving Day with friends & family over at Phil & Suzy's again this year. Great food & lots of laughs!

Birthday Breakfast!