The first couple of weeks were very cold, followed by many days of rain dripping down the windows, yarn loops sliding by on the needles, and just a few sun breaks. A tsunami from Tonga, the Omicron surge just beginning to decline, a trip to Joshua Tree cancelled…another pandemic month in Portland.
1/9/2022 Wildwood Trail to Pittock Mansion in Portland – A rare sunny day – everyone out on the trails – we continued our section hike of the Wildwood Trail, completing about 3 more miles as we hiked up and back to Pittock Mansion from the arboretum, crossing the new Barbara Walker Bridge for the first time.
We reached the 1914 Pittock Mansion, and walked around to the viewing areas…
Views from the property to the Cascade Mountains…
Returning back over the Barbara Walker Crossing…
1/12/2022 Eagles and snow near Lyle, WA – Our annual trip to see the eagles at the Balfour/Klickitat Preserve:
We walked to the eagle viewing area near the mouth of the Klickitat River:
Next we walked some of the trails at nearby Catherine Creek.
1/18/2022 Swans at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, WA – We walked the 2.5 mile Oaks to Wetland Trail.
Then we drove the auto tour, looking for more swans.
1/28/2020 Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, OR – Our first visit to this new park south of Forest Grove. We walked almost six miles on the trails, quiet today with a few views of the distant mountains.
On our first sunny day, I went outside for what seemed like the first time in weeks, to see blue sky and low angle winter shadows:
1/16/2022 – Another sunny day, we met friends and walked a long loop on the hilly streets south of downtown Portland.
By the end of the month, viburnum and crocus were beginning to bloom…
I did get a lot of knitting done this month, since the outdoors were so inclement. And I am still meeting once or twice weekly with my knitting group over Zoom.
Other adventures – January 10th was the 4th anniversary of my pituitary surgery. With constant vigilance and good doctors, all my hormone levels are now within the normal range. I feel healthy and strong and grateful for early diagnosis and the miracles of modern medical science, especially the monthly injections that keep the acromegaly in check.
On to February – pandemic numbers are going down in our neck of the woods – we may actually travel somewhere – stay tuned.