March 2021, so far….

We are sliding into spring around here. Flowers are blooming, with a few warm days between the rainy stretches. We were vaccinated at just about the one year anniversary of the pandemic, and I am grateful! I feel the hope of spring, yet I know we still have so far to go until everyone can say that. And then my daughter reminds me of our privilege in the world. I know. I can only live where I am, but I do know.

Knitting, reading, hiking, on we go, fuzzy days mushing into each other. Planning the weekly grocery list. Creating with my hands, my brain, I take notes. I try to find the distinguishing features of each day, and celebrate the positivity and the beauty. That is most of what I do, and will do, and am lucky to do. So….

Hiking

1) We snowshoed up White River on Mt Hood on March 2nd – clouds swathing the peak much of the day, but in a most artistic way.

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Mt Hood in clouds, near the Sno-Park.

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Lunch view, near the Timberline Trail crossing.

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The snow on nearby Boy Scout Ridge looked unstable, so we kept our distance!

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Return trip…

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Last views – we can almost see the entire peak.

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2) On March 11th we hiked Tom McCall Point and around Rowena Crest, east of Hood River in Oregon, to see the fields of  grass widows.

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Thousands of grass widows on the plateau below Tom McCall Point.

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Grass widows

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More grass widows…

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Columbia River reflecting the Cherry Orchard cliffs in Washington.

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Parsley alley

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Mt Adams and Rowena Plateau, from near the top of Tom McCall Point.

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Tiny flowers of spring whitlow grass.

Then we walked around Rowena Crest, closer to the river:

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East view from Rowena Crest cliffs – kettle lakes in the foreground.

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Westerly view.

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One of the lakes on Rowena Crest.

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Abstractions in the lake reflections…

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And more grass widows!

3) The next week, on March 16th, we went out across the river to Lyle Cherry Orchard again. No squalls this time – a perfect hiking day, and the first of the bright yellow balsam root blooms were opening as we hiked.

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Hiking up above the Convict Road.

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Columbia Desert Parsley in full bloom.

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Balsam root opening on the upper slopes.

Lots of flowers showing for the first time this spring:

Stunning views from the cherry orchard:

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Eastward, one of the remaining cherry trees.

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Westward, balsamroot

4) We also walked a fast loop through Tryon Creek Park, on March 17th, where the very first of the trillium were opening, a little later than last year.

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Tryon Creek

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First trillium of spring

Around Portland

My neighborhood is also blooming.

Knitting

I finished knitting a pair of socks for me and another hat and a cowl for the guild charity project, and cast on new socks and a cardigan.

And…

I hold the more difficult challenges to the outside world in my heart. This week it is yet another uniquely American gun violence episode in Georgia, another hate crime, anti-woman, anti-Asian. I know in my heart it is all true, and part of the work we all have to do – bring out all the biases into the light of day and see how they harm so many. I am listening and learning more each day, and it all rings true, and saddens me. I pledge to myself to be as much of an ally as I can recognize. Listen and learn. Validate. Search for the commonalities and not the otherness. From my place on the privilege spectrum.  That is most of what I do, and will do, and am lucky to do. And before I can publish this – yet another mass shooting at a grocery store in Colorado.

As a youngster with all the idealism of youth, I envisioned a giant magnet circling the world sucking away all the implements of violence, all the guns and weapons of war. On days like today with a heavy heart and a less idealistic world view, still I sigh and wish it could be true.

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And a volcano is erupting in Iceland!

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