It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, I know, but with good reason – it is time for me to move to a new location. Between the search, the paperwork, the prep before actually moving, AND a new grandbaby, it’s been quite busy, as you can imagine. I really wanted to have fun sketching the new views but free time has been scarce. So here is the view from my little lake house in NE PA:
And here is an aerial view of my house with the nearby beach:
All this excitement has not left time for sketching, but hoping to change that very soon! Meanwhile, my 2022 calendar consists of sketches from 2021.
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!
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! 😁.
With more time at home (I know, still!) I’ve managed to keep busy making art.
First was a virtual trip to Japan with Art Safari’s Mary-Anne. Our small zoom class enjoyed her guidance on Japan culture, people and art. This inspired me to finally try out a lovely Chinese ink set my cousin gifted to me last year. She has gone to China several years to teach English. The set includes an ink stick, brushes, and two stone stamps with my name in Chinese. One stone is made from the Yangtze riverbed. What an amazing gift to treasure, and now has been used for these tonal studies.
Following up these with a few more tonal studies (I do adore the cranes!) and what I consider a “finished” painting. Although I’m much happier with looser results.
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!