2014. Not sure why, but it felt like a year of extremes: beauty & stress, sadness vs. joy. The low river valley, the coast, the incredible windswept alpine. I have new people in my life and have lost old ones. New hobbies. New explorations. I <3 Oregon.
Unlike any other year, a winter desert theme prevailed. The desert, in winter, is simply beautiful.
|Death Valley NP|
Feet of snow in the mountains. Discovering Opal Creek (why haven’t I been here before?)
|J.B plowing through at Twin Lakes|
Spring, just around the corner. Spending more time with new trail friends, two and four-legged alike.
|Dog: Beach. Beach: Dog|
Oddly, my highest mileage month this year. Loving the Gorge and our Pacific Northwest forests. Determined to find new places.
Boats. Oh yeah, jeez…we got boats [GRIN]. The flower explosion begins. Continuing to explore new places, sometimes being a little lost.
|Phloxy on Phlox Point|
Water is our new trail. More new trail friends. First backpack with the little monster-tent-hog-dog. Good times.
|laughing but also seriously hoping my dear friend A doesn't fall out of her boat|
|Pug (Bug) meets Helens|
Two incredible overnighters. Soul therapy. Night sky. The high country. Backpacking is my barbeque.
|Goat Rocks has the best sky|
|how can you say no to this face? [damn her]|
Low on mileage, house projects have taken over. But I still got time with my mountain.
Solitude. The changing of the seasons.
|Elk Cove. Fall. Nuff said.|
Three of our best outings this year. River vs. high alpine splendor. Juxtapositions.
|a world of color and clouds on the Loowit Trail|
Trips. The desert is still warm in November. The Oregon Coast is not.
|tide pool details at Cape Perpetua|
Unfortunately, not much to talk about this year- family life, home & work prevailed. But the dog is always cute.