Cherry blossoms and snow in Portland, and a White River snow hike, March 2020

Cherry blossoms, Portland waterfront, March 11, 2020

We took our annual walk along the waterfront just as the cherry trees were beginning to bloom.

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View from the Burnside Bridge.

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Refections of clouds and trees in downtown buildings on this beautiful day:

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White River microspike hike, March 12, 2020

On a blue sky day we walked up White River toward Mt Hood. The snow was packed and not deep, so we could wear our micro spikes instead of snow shoes. We walked past our usual stopping point, up the snow covered moraine, to a closer viewpoint of Mt Hood.

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Walking along White River toward Mt Hood.

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View from our lunch stop – near where the Timberline Trail crosses the river under the snow.

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We walked to a high point on the moraine between the ridges.

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Closer view of Mt Hood.

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Zooming in on the peak – the black speck is a mountain climber.

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Dormant lupine and penstemon on the moraine.

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Wind patterns.

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Hike #32, 5.2 miles, 1000 feet.

Snow in Pdx, March 14, 2020

We had a few inches of snow that did not last long – but added a layer of white to the star magnolia blooms.

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I am posting from caronavirus social isolation. We are still allowed to go out walking and hiking as long as we keep our distance. Wishing all who read this patience and good health! There will be a lot of knitting going forward!

White River, first crocus

1/24/2019 White River Snowshoe, Mt Hood, OR

We started in mist with promise of sun breaking through. As we walked up the snow covered braid plain of the White River, the glowing peak of Mt Hood showed in silhouette, then in clarity against clear blue sky.

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Looking back to the start point, fog lifting.

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Clear blue skies over Mt Hood.

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We hiked up onto the ridge and continued toward the mountain.

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Approaching Boy Scout Ridge, near our lunch stop.

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Lunch stop view point. A large group was already there, and the mountain peak was glowing ethereally as the sun came in through the clouds.

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Lunch view.

Return down the White River, high clouds forming.

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Tree shadows on the snowy moraine surface.

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Last look back at Mt Hood.

(Hike # 5, 3.3 miles, 750 feet)

Winter Bulbs Blooming

The first snowdrop and crocus bulbs have opened in the garden this week.dsc01372img_1836

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Pink and blue striped sky, half moon hanging above. From January 12, 2019.

Back on the Trail – Grass Widows, Bald Eagles and Osage Oranges (18-4)

This has mostly been a recovery week – taking things very slowly, and with awareness to my limitations. I have been able to walk more, drive the slow back way, and gradually increase all my activities.

Catherine Creek Trail, WA   1/28/2018      (#3)

I saved my weekend energy for a walk on one of the easiest trails – the Universal Access  trail at Catherine Creek just east of Hood River along the Columbia River. We often include this trail as a quick stop on our hiking trips to see the latest blooms.  Today at my slow pace I appreciated the paved surface and benches along the way, the small details and micro landscapes. Grass widows are beginning to bloom.

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View to the west, labyrinth waterfall in the distance

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Lookback: A couple of pictures with snow, and with more flowers:

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1/27/2017

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2/26/2016

Balfour-Klickitat Eagles

We also stopped at the Balfour-Klickitat trail near Lyle, WA to look for bald eagles in their nesting area. We saw about a dozen, mostly juveniles, perched in the trees around the pond, and taking occasional practice flights.

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White spots are bald eagles

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Another highlight of this location are the Osage oranges, at this point, mostly lying on the ground in colorful curious piles. Signage explains that the fruit is inedible, but that the thorny dense foliage was used as a natural fencing material by settlers in the west in the 1800’s.

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Lookback : A couple of pictures from snowier days:

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12/28/2015    Six eagles

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12/30/2016   Osage oranges

Knitting and quilting

Progress on the Girl in the Neurosurgery Ward Shawl:

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My sister sent me a bouquet of fabric as a get well gift – a beautiful rainbow of batiks that will fit beautifully into my collection for my rainbow themed quilts in planning stages.

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And the first crocus peaked up in my front yard:

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35. Dreaming of White River, 12/11/2017

A little under the weather, so I missed the hike with Dan and a friend to White River on Mt Hood. He sent me this photo from our usual lunch stop:

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LOOKBACK:

This is a favorite adventure because the grade is gentle and the mountain is in view almost all the way up to a spectacular lunch spot. A few photos from previous years:

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March 2012 – Close up of the peak of Mt Hood

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February 2013

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January 2014

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March 2016

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March 2017

Crafting:

A little of each- knitting, plying, stitching the leftover clams for the back of Atmospheric River, and what fun! deciding to use Fossil Fern as the focus fabric for my long planned hue shift quilt.

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Flyaway Twist: begin the brioche, with lifelines

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Panel of leftover clams for the otherwise light blue backing for the Atmospheric River quilt

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Color wheel of fabrics for a new quilt

 

Other adventures:  Mostly a waiting week – I tried one new med, and also contracted a common cold from my son, so snowshoeing did not seem like fun.

32. Trillium Lake Snowshoe, Mt Hood

Trillium Lake Snowshoe  November 18, 2017    (#55)

We walked the loop around Trillium Lake from the Trillium Lake snowpark. It was a beautiful blue sky day with plenty of fresh snow.

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View to Mt Hood from the snowpark

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Access road from snowpark to the lake

We stopped near the dam for lunch.

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The lake has a thin ice layer.

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Ice layer

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Snowy lake shore

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Lunch view

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Ski runs above Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood

Continuing around the lake:

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Lake view from the southern trail

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Mt Hood ahead

Summit meadows

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5.5 miles/500′

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LOOKBACKS:

A summer view of Trillium Lake and Mt Hood:

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June 2013

Looking back toward Trillium Lake and Mt Jefferson from the slopes of Mt Hood:

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February 2015

CRAFTING:

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Two more washcloths, 2 small skeins of handspun yarn.