Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where has all the snow gone!

Some photos from our Sunday hike up Polallie Ridge to Cooper Spur & then down to Cloud Cap carrying our snow shoes the whole way :^)..

Saturday, January 25, 2014



Hoshigaki are Persimnons that are dried (and massaged) whole over a period of 2 or 3 months. We received a surprise box of these in the mail this week from friends who grew them in California. A welcome treat!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A snow shoe up Clark Creek Ridge

Last Sunday we went for an off trail snow shoe up Clark Creek Ridge. First through the trees & then out in the open up to about 6500' with big views on all sides. In this year of "no snow" we are having to go pretty high to get a snow shoe in!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Howling Winds on Angels Rest...

Friday afternoon Chiyoko & I had a couple of free hours so we made a quick dash up Angels Rest. We found some shelter on the West side for a few minutes but the wind was howling, it was difficult to even stay standing up!


Pickle has decided to take over ownership of the Blanket Chiyoko made for me for Christmas! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Cabin Hunt!

Thanks to the protlandhikers.com "Off Trail" forum we learned of a probably illegally built cabin hidden in the woods between the the old Palmer Mill Rd. & Devils Rest, however the person who posted the info did not share the coordinates or any more clues to it's location. A challenge Don & I could not resist! Last Sunday we set out into the very wet woods to see what we could find. Following a few hunches along with a large measure of good luck paid off for us!

Sadly the windows had all been smashed out & there was a notice hand written on a paper plate tacked to the door by a State Police trooper saying the cabin was illegal. I'm hoping it wasn't the authorities who had smashed out the windows leaving all the mess behind! Other than that the cabin was in great shape & well construed! This forum thread wont tell you where the cabin is but it will give you a lot of into on the old logging roads & trails in this area.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Whale Watching & Cape Walking!

Day 4 we headed for Depot Bay to go Whale Watching. We got to see about 4 or 5 over the hour long trip But I was never quite ready with my Camera & this was about the only photo I got!

After a bite to eat at the Chowder Bowl we headed for Pacific City where the weather was more like Summer than Winter!

Lots going on at Pacific City including some guys who seemed to be in training for the Annual Darwin Award Competition ;^)

Wine Tasting & Snow!

For Day 3 of Kumiko's Visit we drove the Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood Loop. First stopping at a few of the usual spots in the Gorge.

Followed by a late breakfast at the Hood River Hotel & Wine tasting at Spring House Cellars.

After that we drove around Hood up to Timberline Lodge where Kumiko did 2 minutes of Snow Shoeing :^)..

Return To Portland

Our friend Kumiko came to see us for a few days at the beginning of 2014. First on her list was to go & say hi to her friend who lives at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

While in Portland we also checked out Pittock Mansion, had Mexican Food for Lunch then took the Street Car up to NW 23rd & then down to the Portland Tram (Cable Car).

Makin' Mochi!

Makin' Mochi for New Years Day!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A final hike for 2013!

For the last Sunday of 2013 we tried to get a quick snow shoe in to finish off the year. The only slight problem being there is almost no snow on Hood! There was more snow on Hood back in September than there is now! Still we figured we would find enough if we drove up to Timberline & then snowshoe over to the Zigzag Canyon. We hadn't banked on the ferocious winds though & after a couple of miles & a 1500' climb we'd had enough & beat a retreat first to the Silcox Hut & then to the Pub!