Archive for the ‘Oregon’ Category

July 17th, 2016 by Celia

Salmonberries on Memorial Day at Oxbow Park

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 Yeah, salmonberries are yummy. We had our fill on Memorial Day in Oxbow park.
Here are some pics from our first hike of the summer. Oxbow park is a very accessible park for families, but it has a wild and spacious feel. It has everything you’d expect; there’s an old growth forest, the meandering Sandy river, and wildflower meadows to picnic. Here’s to a summer filled with berries and adventures!
rob and wolfie in woods oxbow

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May 24th, 2015 by Celia

Mother’s Day Hike at Triple Falls

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I’m at a loss for words, so I’ll keep it painfully simple. Here are pics from a Mother’s Day hike with Rob and Wolfie:
Triple Falls
Oneonta Gorge
Petting Bishop’s caps
Hanging out in the grass with Papa (x2)
Big waterfall (x2)
Colombia river gorge
Snugly baby listening to waterfall (x2)

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November 21st, 2014 by Celia

Pacific Coasting: Sunsets and Elk in Manzanita, OR

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I have had the pleasure of experiencing a beautiful area of the Oregon coast thanks to my neighbor-turned-friend Jennifer. Her family lives in the quaint little town of Manzanita, and she got married on the beach in September. I joined Jen there again for a weekend of cooking, chatting, napping and a long sun and hail-filled walk in October. It was true rejuvenation!
The night before the wedding, the sunset was vibrant orange and yellow. To make the weekend even more memorable, the day of the wedding was incredibly warm and sunny. If any of you have been to the Oregon coast, you know that “warm and sunny” are not typically used in the same breath as “the coast”. It is usually grey, rainy and chilly, no matter the time of year. It was the warmest I’ve ever seen the coast by far.

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August 11th, 2014 by Celia

Twisted at the Lava Cast Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument

 

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Have I ever mentioned that I love Oregon? The terrain here is so varied and vast, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what this state has to offer.

Last month, a friend and I went camping south of Bend at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. We camped at the Paulina Lake campground and despite the surprising amount of mosquitoes (I’ve never seen so many mosquitoes since leaving Minnesota) and some chillier than anticipated days and nights (I made the assumption that it would be as hot and dry as camping glamping north of Bend at Kah-Nee-Ta), it was an amazing time.

On the way home we stopped at the incredibly impressive, lunar-like Lava Cast Forest. Lava flow encased the bottoms of large Ponderosa pines and left ruins of tree-shaped casts in the charcoal-grey landscape. Dead Ponderosa’s showed their twisted wood and were decorated with an almost phosphorescent chartreuse green lichen. Even though the land was still covered with encased with lava, shrub-steppe plants like Indian Paintbrush, currents and sagebrush popped out of the earth.

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July 29th, 2013 by Celia

An Afternoom at Trillium Lake & Mt. Hood

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July 15th, 2013 by Celia

Eastern Oregon Adventure: Warms Springs Reservation

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Beautiful Eastern Oregon. So different from wet and green Portland in the Willamette valley. It’s dry and earth-toned, very painterly and aromatic. Read the rest of this entry »