Elk and Summit Meadows, Mt Hood, Oregon, and ‘Tour de Craft’ (18-29)

Elk Meadows trail  7/13/18 (Hike #41)

We started this hike on a hot day. The shade of the forest didn’t really take the edge off and my “condition” has been affecting me this week.

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By the time we started up the eight long switchbacks, about a mile and a half into the hike, I realized I was never going to make it to the top of the hill. We decided to turn back. I had been hoping to see bog orchids and gentians, but I did see the mountain blue bells for the first time this year.

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Lots of other flowers along the way:

Meanwhile, we braved the log crossing on the Newton Creek twice.

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Here is a “real” cairn doing a cairn’s job – marking the trail to the log crossing.

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Zooming in on Mt Hood’s Newton/Clark Glacier:

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Today we only went 3.2 miles, 500 feet. Last year we made it all the way to Elk Meadows and saw all the flowers.

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We stopped and poked around in this meadow off the Trillium Lake road on our way home. We have skied or snowshoed this road a few times,

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November 2017

and always wondered what the meadows would look like in summer.

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I think we are late for the bigger bloom, as the paintbrush were faded, but the pink spirea along the road were lovely.

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Paintbrush

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Aster

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Spirea

I zoomed in on Mt Hood for a closeup view of the ski area above Timberline Lodge.

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Tour de Craft

I have only dabbled in spinning, so can’t really participate in the Tour de Fleece, but I do love to watch the Tour de France – for the views of France, and the drama and the stunning athletic effort that goes into these races. We DVR the coverage, then watch/fast forward through in the evening while I knit or quilt.

I have made a lot of progress on my Welcome quilt – I was planning to whip it together quickly, but I keep getting new design ideas….but that is the point for me – to play with the fabrics till I am satisfied and have learned something new by trying something new. Fun.

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And I finished the first Cornwall sock and cast on the second.

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Garden

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