Sometimes things don't work out the way you want them to, and it's even better

In the summer of 2007 I climbed my first mountain. It was Mt. Saint Helen’s our local active volcano. When I wrote about that climb, I wasn’t ready to admit I was hooked, but I was. There was something so elemental about standing on top of that mountain. It’s hard to describe that feeling of . . . → keep reading

Perspective

A week ago, I was planning to climb Mt. Hood with a Mazamas group (motto: We Climb High. I’m not making that up.). My first climb post graduation from their basic mountaineering course. Since Mt. Hood climbs have an alpine start, which means in the middle of the night, 2:30 am for us, we decided . . . → keep reading

Springtime in Portland

Iced over Tunnel Falls on the Eagle Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge. I'm the blue blur on the right.

Iced over Tunnel Falls on the Eagle Creek trail in the Columbia River Gorge. I'm the blue blur on the right.

This past weekend the weather has been crazy – we had snow, hail, rain and sun all in a half hour! Walking through Mt. Tabor on Saturday, there was a snowman left from Friday’s . . . → keep reading

Road Trip!

The snow is beautiful but makes for treacherous driving.

The snow is beautiful but makes for treacherous driving.

I love road trips. I just arrived home from the last one of 2007. We traveled around Northern California and the Southern Oregon coast. We saw sun and surf, mountains and snow, city and country, familiar and new. It was a great trip!

It was . . . → keep reading