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White River with a dusting of snow

A couple weeks ago I made a trip up to White River near Mt Hood, Oregon. Unfortunately it is under a lot less snow this year than normal. Hopefully we start getting some more snow soon!

 White River Mt Hood, Oregon with a light dusting of snow

White River Mt Hood, Oregon with a light dusting of snow

Cape Horn, Washington

On a cool windy day, we made the short trek out to Cape Horn, Washington.  The fall colors were just starting to hit the Columbia River Gorge making the very scenic area even more photogenic . From one of the many viewpoints out along the Cape Horn Loop Hike we climbed up on a large stump to get an even better view. 

 Perched high above the Columbia River Gorge at Cape Horn, Washington

Perched high above the Columbia River Gorge at Cape Horn, Washington

 Panoramic of the Columbia River Gorge from Cape Horn, Washington

Panoramic of the Columbia River Gorge from Cape Horn, Washington


Adventure to Bald Mountain

Last night Duke and I made the trek up to Bald Mountain.  It was awesome seeing Hood from so close while it was being lit up by the warm glow of the sunset. As usual Duke was cooperative, but on his terms. He didn't want to come sit near me and instead wanted to figure out why the camera was making noise while I wasn't behind it. Aside from a few bangs and bruises scrambling on the side of the hill to get down to a spot that had a better view, we both left pretty much unscathed and had a great time.  

Here's a few from our adventure. Stay tuned for more!

 Duke and I enjoying the sunset at Bald Mountain with Mt Hood, Oregon in the background

Duke and I enjoying the sunset at Bald Mountain with Mt Hood, Oregon in the background

 Duke and I at Bald Mountain, Oregon with Mt Hood in the background.

Duke and I at Bald Mountain, Oregon with Mt Hood in the background.

 Fading light of sunset at Mt Hood, Oregon from Bald Mountain

Fading light of sunset at Mt Hood, Oregon from Bald Mountain

 Milky Way above Mt Hood, Oregon from Bald Mountain

Milky Way above Mt Hood, Oregon from Bald Mountain


A Week in Lake Tahoe.

I just got back from a great weekend in Lake Tahoe and explored a few different sides of the lake. It was nice getting away from the heat in Portland and getting to enjoy it up there. 

Here's one shot of the crystal clear waters at Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

 

 Crystal clear waters at Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Crystal clear waters at Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

 Sitting on the boulders at Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe

Sitting on the boulders at Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe

 Large granite boulders line the beach on the east side of Lake Tahoe at Bonsai Rock, Nevada

Large granite boulders line the beach on the east side of Lake Tahoe at Bonsai Rock, Nevada

 Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe Nevada

Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe Nevada

 Boating to Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Boating to Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

 Floating in the middle of Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Floating in the middle of Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Camping on the southern Oregon coast

For Memorial day, Gemma and I went and camped at Humbug Mountain State Park on the beautiful southern Oregon coast. There are so many beautiful beaches to explore. We lucked out and had nice weather the whole time, other than some fog that blocked our viewing of the meteor shower. It was a lot of time in the car, but it was definitely worth the drive to explore a new part of Oregon. 

 Duke enjoying the view at Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon

Duke enjoying the view at Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon

 Waves crashing into the beach with the lights from Port Orford in the distance. Humbug Mountain, Oregon

Waves crashing into the beach with the lights from Port Orford in the distance. Humbug Mountain, Oregon

 Waves on the beach at Humbug Mountain, Oregon

Waves on the beach at Humbug Mountain, Oregon

 Duke leaping at the beach

Duke leaping at the beach

 Duke leaping on the beach.

Duke leaping on the beach.

 Field of wild flowers leading to the beach at Cape Blanco, Oregon

Field of wild flowers leading to the beach at Cape Blanco, Oregon

 View of the beach and rocks south of Cape Blanco, Oregon

View of the beach and rocks south of Cape Blanco, Oregon

 Gemma and Duke in the car. We did lots of driving

Gemma and Duke in the car. We did lots of driving

 Tent under the stars at Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon

Tent under the stars at Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon


Soaring above Oregon farmland

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going on my first hot air balloon ride with the awesome Vista Balloon Adventures. I surprised Gemma with a ride for her birthday and we both had a great time. The day started off very early so we could get up into the air soon after the sunrise. It was definitely worth the early morning for such a unique experience! We went up with another balloon which provided plenty of great photo opportunities along with the fog. 

 Hot Air Balloon above foggy St Paul, Oregon

Hot Air Balloon above foggy St Paul, Oregon

 Foggy morning on takeoff in St Paul, Oregon

Foggy morning on takeoff in St Paul, Oregon

 Gemma hard at work helping getting our balloon filled up with air

Gemma hard at work helping getting our balloon filled up with air

 Heating up the hot air balloon

Heating up the hot air balloon

 Hot air balloon over St Paul, Oregon

Hot air balloon over St Paul, Oregon

  Hot air balloon over St Paul, Oregon

Hot air balloon over St Paul, Oregon

 Hot air balloon over a foggy sunrise in St Paul, Oregon

Hot air balloon over a foggy sunrise in St Paul, Oregon

  Hot air balloon over St Paul, Oregon

Hot air balloon over St Paul, Oregon

Fresh snow on Mt Hood

Here are a few more shots from snow shoeing to Ghost Ridge a couple of months ago. The view of the Mt Hood was amazing and we had a perfect place to set up a nice picnic to be able to enjoy it. Duke(my dog) was right at home in the snow and had such a great time hopping around. 

 Fresh snow on Mt Hood, Oregon

Fresh snow on Mt Hood, Oregon

 Duke at home in the snow on the Pacific Crest Trail near Mt Hood, Oregon

Duke at home in the snow on the Pacific Crest Trail near Mt Hood, Oregon

 Running through the snow on the Pacific Coast Trail near Mt Hood, Oregon

Running through the snow on the Pacific Coast Trail near Mt Hood, Oregon

 Picnic with a view of Mt Hood, Oregon

Picnic with a view of Mt Hood, Oregon

 Snowy trail though the forest

Snowy trail though the forest

Creekside in an old growth forest

Some of the fall colors along a stream off the trail to Bagby Hot Springs in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness, Oregon. I love spending time out in this area. It is so lush and peaceful with lots of trails to explore. It is about a 70 minute drive from Portland, but it is definitely worth the trek. 

Hot Springs Fork of the Collawash River, Oregon

Snow Shoeing to a view of Mt Hood

A couple of weeks ago I went snow shoeing at Barlow Pass to a beautiful view of Mt Hood. It was nice getting up to the snow on such a nice day. Little did I know that I was going to be experiencing quite a bit of snow in Portland the following week. 

View of Mt Hood, Oregon from  a recent snow shoe trip