Vista Ridge to Wy’East Basin on Mt Hood, July 25, 2019
We like to hike Vista Ridge on the north side of Mt Hood at least once a year. I posted previous reports from 2017 in June before full snow melt, 2017 in August, and 2018 in August.
Today was hot going through the burned trees, but I found a few old and new ghost friends along the way:
This poor fellow has been felled by trail keepers.
Eventually we made it to the blooming alpine meadows of Wy’East basin.
Barrett Spur and Mt Hood
Looking north toward Mts Rainier and Adams
After lunch we continued hiking above the basin to a remnant snowfield, and a view over to the other side of the mountain.
Snow surface covered with debris
Looking over the lip of the moraine to Mt Hood and MacNeil Point.
View north from our high point – Wy’East Basin, Dollar Lake Fire scar, Washington Cascade peaks.
Hike #33, 7.7 miles, 1700 feet.
Flowers of note:
First fireweed beginning to bloom
shooting stars, paintbrush, cinquefoil, glacier lilies
Fleabane just beginning to bloom.
Pasque flowers – an all-time favorite!
Tour de Fleece Podium
I finished spinning, plying and setting the brown fiber:
Fiber, spindle, and a day’s handful of fluff.
Each spool has the single ply spun in one day
Two ply yarn on the spindle.
All of the yarn on the niddy noddy, plied and tied into one long strand with four knots.
After washing, drying.
64 yard skein
I have made headway on this white fluff:
I spun while cheering on the superhuman athletes who propel themselves on bicycles for 21 days! So many ways to win in Le Tour de France – jerseys, stages, sprints, mountain tops, combatitiveness, even a red lantern for the last place finisher, and I feel I have won too, by spindling every day. I am looking forward to adding more spinning to my crafting time.