On Saturday I had the day off so Raf and I decided to go on a hike. It’s a favorite: The Timberline/Pacific Crest Trail from Timberline Lodge to Zig Zag Canyon. It always feels like Summer is complete when I can go on a good hike up on Mt Hood.
This is a short hike, a little over 5 miles round trip. I always seem to forget that it is all uphill on the way back to the lodge – The hike to the canyon always feels great! Then I inevitably run out of water halfway through and I have to hike back, uphill, with little to no water. And Saturday it was in 85 degrees, or thereabouts. I was a bit dehydrated when we were finished!
It was fun though. I need more hiking in my life!
I woke up this morning to a stream of Flickr notifications on my phone. When I checked to see what the fuss was about I saw that overnight this particular photo made Explore. I honestly have no idea what it is about this photo that would cause it to be in Explore but I guess that is a good enough reason to make it a photoblog photo.
Incidentally, this was taken the day my friend Peter de Graff was visiting! So maybe he has the magic touch.
Camera: Olympus OM1n
Film: Cinestill 800
Today I had the pleasure of meeting my internet friend Peter De Graaff and his lovely wife! I took them up to Timberline Lodge and it was unbelievably beautiful. We got blue skies and a fantastic view of the mountain. It’s such a joy to meet my internet friends in real life. 🙂
The Dining Room
Heidi, the Timberline Lodge mascot
Peter and his amazing camera
Today I am starting another “100 days” project in which I post everyday on my blog for 100 days. I had a lot of fun doing this last year and decided I wanted to continue this practice, but trying it at different times of the year. This year, over the next few months. I have a lot of adventures planned so I thought it would make sense to plan my project around March/April/May.
I was kind of hoping I would do a lot of writing for my blog during my down time but that hasn’t happened at all. So I have no idea what the posts will look like over the next few months (aside from my adventuring).
Today, though, I will tell you about my day yesterday. I had a fantastic day up on Timberline Lodge with my buddy Donna. It was our monthly Pinhole Mayhem outing, sans Gretchen (whom we missed). We took the bus up there, which was a new adventure for me. It worked out very well and I think I will be taking the bus up there a lot in the future for snow shoeing.
I use my iPhone to help me compose my pinhole photos (I hope this isn’t cheating!) so I often come away from these adventures with a ton of snapshots. Here are a few of them! (click the image for more info)
I have lived here for six years and I have never seen Timberline Lodge in the Winter, which is really the way it is meant to be experienced. Can you believe that?!? Here is the front entrance. The put a covering over the stairs to prevent it from getting covered in snow and ice.
Donna Pinholing the mountain
The trees look so awesome surrounded by snow. I actually kind of love snow, when I don’t have to shovel it or drive in it!
We even got to see Mt Jefferson!
At the Ram’s Head bar
The lobby of Timberline Lodge
And finally, a selfie. In May I am going to be participating in a gallery showing of pinhole self portraits so I have selfies on the mind lately. (More on the show later!)