Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

I decided to make a solo hike (originally meant to be a backpacking trip) to Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington which is about a 3 hour 20 minute drive from Portland.

I was hoping to see mountain goats, marmots, and pikas. The weather was pretty foggy when I started out and looking like it might rain. The weather forecast said a 20% chance of rain. But since my boyfriend was out of town fishing I went anyway because it would be a good growing experience for myself to go alone, plus I really wanted to see some new scenery in the Northwest.

When I headed up another 1,000 feet in elevation to 5,500 feet it was suddenly warm and sunny with green meadows and flowers everywhere. I loved that it was Summer at this elevation and I left Fall 1,000 feet below. I had a great hike until the fog and cold came in and I suddenly wasn't so sure of myself spending the night up there. I know I could do it and I had all my backpacking gear with me but it was only 1pm and I didn't want to spend the whole night up there cold (without a tent) and possibly wet. So I made the call to come back promising myself I would be back in August next year when the weather is more promising!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Friends and Camping

During our long holiday weekend another couple we know joined us for one night to our weekly sojourn to the river to camp. They prmoised a really nice cooked meal and they delivered.


Pork chops, watermelon and feta, pesto pasta, shrimp.

There was lots of talking while staying up late, drinking beer, and taking in the stars, moon, and bats that show up at night.

Believe it or not we will be headed out for two more weekends of camping. Some co-workers asked me, "don't you get tired of camping all the time"? The answer is "no". Sometimes we don't get the best spot and I get tired of being around random people on every side of me. But when we get an isolated spot by the river I love it. Plus, if I was at home I would not do much as opposed to reading by the river, mountain biking, taking pictures, and hiking. I am glad my boyfriend loves the outdoors so much because it rubs off on me too.



Mr. Lizard