Photography Friday: Angels Rest


How did another week slip by? sigh. time goes by too fast.

Here is a photo I took from a couple of weeks ago on a hike to Angels Rest in the Columbia Gorge. The hike was o.k. The views, as you can see from the picture, are amazing. But the hike itself was kind of tough. It’s pretty steep, so going up was tiresome and going down bruised my toes.

But at least we got that one crossed off our list of hikes to do!

Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Ramona Falls

Travel and Other Adventures

Raf and I wanted to try a new hiking trail a couple of weekends ago. A co-worker told me about Ramona Falls and it sounded really cool, so we thought we’d try it out.

We were not disappointed! It was a super fun hike, with amazing views of the mountain.

It was a pretty easy hike, with a steady climb. Nothing too crazy steep. The book says that it’s 7 miles round trip but I think it was more like 8. I was pretty proud of myself for wanting to go the whole way. Normally I would see 8 miles and say “no way in hell.” But I’m feeling like I want to get into better shape so I can go on these great hikes around here and in order to get into shape I have to push myself.

We hiked along and we encountered this:

Aww! Little bits of snow! Isn’t that cool? I haven’t seen snow on the ground since last winter in Spokane! How fun!

We kept going and as we kept going we came upon more and more of the white stuff until it started looking more like this:

It was a really nice day, probably in the seventies. I was tempted not to bring my jacket because I didn’t feel I’d need it.  I’m really glad I did. Eventually the snow got quiet deep and it was pretty cold!

But finally we made it! The hike was totally worth it. Look at this gorgeous waterfall:

It’s like something out of a fairy tale! Of course, we had to hike back through all of that snow but I honestly didn’t mind. It was a fun adventure.

bookish talk

Books, Music, Art, Movies

One Book One Twitter

I have a couple of exciting things to tell you about in the reading department. The first of those things is One Book One Twitter. Have you heard about it? The idea started with a question by Jeff Howe of the blog Crowdsourcing, “What if everyone on Twitter read the same book?” So the idea just went from there and as it turns out, there are several people on Twitter reading the same book and it’s really cool! The book chosen for 1b1t’s foray is American Gods by Neal Gaiman. I can’t remember how I first hear about 1b1t. Probably from Neal Gaiman himself on his Twitter stream. I’ve been wanting to read American Gods for awhile and I thought this might be an interesting experience. Plus, it just so happened that the library had American Gods on the shelf! So It was meant to be.

So far the experience has been amazing. About a month ago I set up a public Twitter account so I could participate in experiences just like this. The group of readers collectively came up with a tagging system so that there wouldn’t be any spoilers. So the general tag for One Book One Twitter is #1b1t and the tag for each chapter is #1b1t_1c for chapter one, #1b1t_2c for chapter 2 etc. So each time I finish a chapter I do a twitter search for my chapter and I found all of this amazing conversation around the chapter I just read. And intelligent conversation! It’s like I’m back at UCSC in my literature classes again, discussing the books I’m reading for class. I’d forgotten how much of a charge I got out of that discussion. It really opens up the story so much more than just reading the book through by myself.

There is a reading schedule set up but I don’t think it really matters because of the really cool chapter tagging system that is going on. You can just jump in whenever you want and dive into the discussion at any time.

I’m loving this! It’s a really fantastic way to read a book. I love the use of Twitter for this, too. When you want to discuss you can jump on anytime and discuss. You don’t have to wait for a book club meeting to do it. It’s great!

The book itself is amazing also. I’ve only read Gaiman’s children’s literature. The story is kind of mind bending. Where does he come up with this stuff? He is such an amazing writer, too. Whenever I read his books I’m always finding passages that stick with me.

I had something else I was going to write about but this post ended up being a bit long already so I will save it for another day. It kind of deserves it’s own post, anyway.

See you soon!

Beautiful Mt. Hood


We went hiking last Sunday to Ramona Falls and found the most gorgeous views. I’m going to write up a post about our hike because it deserves one of its own.

In fact, there is so much that I want to blog about lately! I’m going to plan on posting more often. I miss my little corner of the web!

See you soon!