Back home, I decided to try a trail that was new to me. Monkey Run loop near Ithaca, NY. A really nice walk in the woods, it was quite muddy in places, and no one else out, but surprise, surprise, lots of mosquitoes! Apparently my bug juice wore off, and they (skeeters) really began to feast on me. I was close to the end, so I picked up my pace, annnd missed a turn that would’ve taken me back a bit sooner. It was supposed to be closer to 3 miles, but it ended up 4, but the good thing was it only took me 2 hours. I’m definitely not a speed hiker, but the bites gave me some incentive to hurry!
Not much for views, the best part followed Fall Creek, so my eyes were drawn (hehe) to what was on the ground, lots of fungi and berries. Sketched at home AFTER I was safe from the skeeters.
After a worrisome day, waking up with severe vertigo, I nearly cancelled this trip. Wasn’t sure how I could get on a plane with it. Fortunately, it mostly cleared up, so the trip was on! Still with traces of vertigo, flights and travel went smoothly, and we got to relax my first afternoon in Hood River. Love Hood River, great vibes, and great people.
Nearly sunset at the Columbia River
We agreed to do the most difficult, but most “worth it” hike first. So day 2, we drove (I say we, but my friend did all the driving.). Got to give her credit for hosting, driving and being a great friend. So we drove across the Columbia River to Washington, then up some back roads, which turned to dirt roads, with some edgy curves. Took us about an hour to get to the trailhead, and there was only one other car there, which was great. “Only” a little over 2 miles in, but with 1,365’ gain. And 6,000’ elevation. I’m not used to that at all, add the fact that it got a little scary towards the top with some vertigo kicking in. Some of the last steep part was on my hands and knees, I didn’t trust standing up.
But, I must say, it was definitely WORTH IT! Proud of us both, and views of four separate mountains from the top. Basically, we climbed a small mountain to get a better view of the big ones. 🙂
So relieved to have a chance to sit, I did several sketches from up here. Added color back at home.
View of Mt. Adams, shortly before reaching the top
View of Mt. Hood from top
Another view of Mt. Adams from the top. The clouds were starting to cover the top.
After all that work, we stopped at Mt. Hood winery (of course!) and I did a quick sketch while we relaxed.
View of Mt. Hood from Mt. Hood winery
I guess I’ll have to return, this place has so many amazing views, wine and delicious food!
Time to “just go” again! International travel is not a sure thing, so I’ll stick to the USA instead. The northwest scenery – mountains, woods, and waterfalls just look amazing. I am trying to choose this lighter pack that folds to pocket size, but may end up with my usual one. Here’s a “selfie” and a quick map.
Looking forward to catching up with a dear friend, hiking, dining and wine! Hope to share some gorgeous views and sketches.
Just had my first visit to this place, and well, it definitely will not be my last!
Called one of the top hikes of the east, it’s a lovely mélange of large and small waterfalls, each with its own character, in woods with trees over 300 years old. Colonel R. Bruce Ricketts named the falls after American Indian tribes, and some after friends and family.
I was lucky to enjoy this trip meeting an online friend in person for the first time. Not only does she know the Glen well, she very patiently sat while I did a quick sketch or two. Thank you Elizabeth! I hope to return soon!
I wonder how old this tree was, when it gave up and laid across the stream. The swirls in the bark and uneven protrusions give it such character.
Adams Falls are the easiest falls to get to, and a short distance from the road. Just stunning! I could’ve sat here and enjoyed it all day.
Oh, art supplies can be so addicting! Choosing paint colors, brands and palettes to put them in. I have many, and the last two I’ve used are shown here. (There are many more not shown!). The top one was quite expensive, custom made by Craig Young and took over a year to acquire. The one on the right is made by art-toolkit.com, very light and easy to use while traveling. While the larger one has great mixing areas, it’s heavy, and bulky for travel. And the smaller, lighter one has such a small mixing area. So of course, I decided to try again, and hope the new one is the best of both worlds. At least for now. 😉
It is the new Folio size palette, 5.25x”x3.25”, and weighing (filled) about 4 oz! I’ve spent the last hour or so concentrating on choosing how to fill it and then filling it. I got so focused, I wasn’t thinking about much else. It was that fun.
Here it is filled with fresh, juicy paint. Can’t wait to dip the brush and create something new!
Had a lovely walk around Lily Lake in Chenango Valley State Park the other day. Blue skies with puffy clouds, everything seemed an unreal green.
Lucky to see a turtle sunning on a log, and nearly tripped on this large garter snake, nestled in the leaves.
Last but not least, my favorite bird of prey, bald eagles at their nest on my way home.