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Portland’s city lights reflecting in the Willamette River. This photo was taken with my iPhone while on a run along … Continue reading Portland City Reflection
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Helped harvest earlier this month out at Kramer Vineyards. Picked Chardonnay grapes and wandered the vineyards with other volunteers! Don’t … Continue reading Kramer Vineyard's Glowing Grapes
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Climbing the last stretch, a mile straight up through red-brown silt and gravel, I kept my eyes on the peak ahead. The blue sky over the rounded bulge summit at 10,358 feet beckoning me like a turquoise pendant. Reaching the top of this mountain however, awarded me with a hiking high better than any jewels could offer.
Hitting the trail, I completed the first hike of my “10 hikes in 10 years” plan by summiting the South Sister in central Oregon. The third largest mountain in Oregon and the highest of the three sisters, the South Sister is one of few climbs of its size in the state that doesn’t require technical equipment. A 12-mile round trip trail leads from the base of the valley at Devils Lake up the mountain plains then finally along a rocky ridge to the mountain’s summit. Continue reading “Summiting the South Sister”