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.
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.
After arriving at noon, I was able to take in 2 very nice hikes. Started off with Snead Farm Dickey Ridge loop, 3.6 miles. Should have been easy, like it was rated, but I was surprised to find myself huffing after a short distance. I realized we were at an elevation of 2,400’, not what I’m used to, so I just took my time and remembered it’s not a race! There was hardly anyone else on this trail, which was a great way to enjoy the park and the many views. Lunch had a wonderful view which I have not done justice with this quick sketch. Sorry!
Lunch view from Snead Farm Dickey Ridge loop
Stopped for a quick sketch of these bloodroot flowers, coming out to welcome me! The half opened leaf wrapped around the stem will open fully soon.
Got in a second shorter hike, Fox Hollow, which included a cemetery and a pink feather. (cardinal maybe?)
The second day, I got out early and beat the crowd to Mary’s Rock. This hike includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail, so I was happy to get this pic of an AT trail marker with the appropriate headgear. 😉
Sat down at the top and did a few sketches.
View from Mary’s Rock
View at Mary’s Rock
Also got a second shorter hike in after lunch at Skyland (where I stayed) to Stony Man. This trail was the most crowded and I used the horse trail (no horses on it yet) to go back down, which avoided most of the people. What can I say? I appreciate the solitude of hiking.
My last scheduled day, Wednesday, was going to rain ALL day, so I checked out early, and caught the view from a few overlooks along my way out, even got another quick sketch in. Will have to add color later!
I definitely would love to return here and complete some more of the 28 (!) hikes I saved! Thank you Shenandoah! 💕
Very excited to try some new hiking trails in a National Park that has much natural beauty. Here’s a map for you, I didn’t really know much about it until I started researching hike ideas.
I thought it would be simple to choose a couple trails that suit my ability and provide great views or a waterfall, but I’ve only narrowed it down to 28! And I’ll only have a couple days there!
Oh well, I guess a return visit will be needed. 😉
I’ve decided to give overnight backpacking a serious try. There’s lots of gear needed, and even gear that you’d prefer not to think about! (ahem, toilet stuff) One necessary item is a shovel, so I went online to research. After reading these rave reviews, I just knew I had to have this one! 😁.
It was a decent Sunday, so I thought I’d try a Pennsylvania hike for a change. Not – a rocky one like Hawk Mtn – but something different. The AllTrails app lists a 5 mile hike on East Shore trail, Eagle Pass and Cliff Trail at Prompton State Park as ‘moderate’. Only an hour away, so off I went.
The joy of autumn 🍂 hiking! Crisp leaves crunched underfoot, frightening a flock of turkeys as I approached. The well worn path was hidden beneath the colorful carpet. This caused me to retrace my steps a couple times to return to the marked trail.
So happy to enjoy the lovely colors and feel of autumn!
Love old stone walls!
Heading downhill, these stone ledges concerned me at first, but looking back at them, I can see how they are terraced, making it an easy drop!
After car camping with a friend in the Adirondacks last month, I knew I wanted to return and try it alone. So recently, after a very spur of the moment decision, I made camp reservations for 2 nights near Lake Placid. Planning solo made me much more cautious about what I needed and what to bring. Also, even though the days would be warm and sunny, it was going to be cold at night.
On the drive up, the views were so gorgeous, as the trees were just beginning to wear their autumn colors. Stopped near Tupper Lake for a quick sketch.
A tiny island in Tupper Lake
I arrived to camp late afternoon, with just enough time for a quick walk at High Falls Gorge. Yes, it costs $, is very touristy and only a mile long, but it really packs a powerful experience in that short walk.
The next day, my plan was to hopefully find a waterfall that I was fortunate to experience in my early twenties. Back then, three others and myself hiked to the top on a hot summer day and swam in pools at the top. It was such a perfect event that I have always wanted to return, but didn’t know the name or even where exactly it was. I was told Roaring Brook Falls sounded like what I was looking for. (Thanks Jamey!) And it was!
After parking, as I followed the sign for the top of the falls, each step made me more sure that this was the place. At the top, there were the pools we swam in, and there was the view! Wow.
I sat and sketched, and then did the short walk to the bottom of the falls. Not much water right now, but the memories were as crystal clear as the water.
Sketched while relaxing at the top, color added at home. The view of Mount Marcy was an added surprise!
Top of Roaring Brook Falls looking back. The water was crystal clear, not at all how my sketch ended up!
Roaring Brook Falls – at the base
It was quite cold (yes, 30°!) the first night, but I doubled up on nightclothes and was plenty warm the second night.
It was an easy hike and I’m so happy to have found it again!