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Mt Hood – Timberline Trail

Mt Hood – Timberline Trail

This will be longer than normal – heads up … (covers 4 full days) –> reminder to click on (open) images to see high quality media. My hiking buddy for this trip is an experienced backpacker and this was not his first circuit around Mt. Hood; another key factoid is our average age is 66. We’re slow and we both have severe rubbernecks with scenery – i also take pictures (over 450 this trip). We also met very few people…

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Sides of Mt Hood

Sides of Mt Hood

While walking around on Timberline Trail (review), Mt Hood shows itself in all dimensions, perspectives, light and compositions. Sometimes I found myself shaking my head asking if I was really looking at the same mountain. Regardless, Mt Hood is itself and it is beautiful. There are two parts here. First, I tried my best to pick a set of pics that had similar distance so that we’re sort-of looking apples-to-apples. This is in the gallery below. This set starts at…

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Mt Hood – Water

Mt Hood – Water

On the Timberline Trail (review), water or ice is almost always in view. Water is not always available to drink but usually not far … Ice, raging glacial creeks, ponds, springs with quiet streams and of course the remnant snowfields that just won’t melt (but often have delightful streams of runoff for drinking after filtering). The entire landscape of Mt Hood is a water and ice masterpiece evolving since the last eruption. A work of art … As the other…

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Mt Hood – FLOWERS

Mt Hood – FLOWERS

This post is one of several related to the Timberline Trail hike around Mt Hood (Index). Flowers were totally in bloom over the days we walked around Mt Hood – July 30-Aug 3. The south side (Paradise Park by Rootsrated). Both of us had been to Paradise Park multiple times, but for neither of us, were the flowers this vibrant and peaking across the species – truly a special time. The west side was a bit flower bare in the…

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Hiking around Mt Hood: index

Hiking around Mt Hood: index

Or, better known as the PCT and Timberline Trail loop. This past week, a hiking buddy and I walked around Mt Hood. A ~40 mile walk thru some of the most beautiful spots in Oregon, but not without dangers and adventures. The posts will come serially as they are ready … I am planning on the following: Hike debrief – what we did and what others might think add to their trip planning (post) Sides of Mt Hood – pics…

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Retirement: third time charm!

Retirement: third time charm!

I am retiring again. The third time charm. In 2016 I retired from my corporate gig of ~20 years. Timing was good from all sides, but I was not ready to stop everything. My outsourced brain was mostly returned to my own thoughts … but not ready for full-time esoteric explorations. Chapter mostly closed, but the door left propped open. The second retirement was last year from state public employee system to take advantage of my early career as a…

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New hummingbird pics

New hummingbird pics

I practice taking bird pictures with the hummingbirds that visit the feeder on my deck – just water & sugar 4:1 ratio. These pics were modified slightly with exposure, contrast and color, but no fillers, adds, effects, etc Hard to tell if these are same, different or similar birds as the light / weather were not the same. These were all taken in the last month.

PCT & Yoran Lake Trail – again but better

PCT & Yoran Lake Trail – again but better

Last year, i did a shorter version of this hike, but part of Yoran Lake trail was in poor condition and I stayed on PCT – this year, the trail has been updated some, so a great hike! All in all, a 18 mile hike with 2800 ft elevation gain – it’s mostly following PCT between 6500 and 7000 ft elevation. For most of the hike, north / northeast of this Past Yoran Lake trail on PCT, there is a…

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Mazama Caldera, aka Crater Lake

Mazama Caldera, aka Crater Lake

We recently visited Crater Lake National Park with good friends and one of the things I learned (and should have known) is that we’ve been using the wrong geological name all this time … it’s not a crater, it’s a caldera. (or at least that’s what the Park Ranger told us). Over 7000 years ago, Mount Mazama changed dramatically. – note: there are links to slide shows on different topics – poke around. This adventure was different from 2 years…

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South Sister 2019

South Sister 2019

If you missed the earlier post – Traveling to South Sister – check it out. My 3rd hike up this hill in the last 4 years (last year’s), and sadly, this was the least enjoyable – not the mountain, the weather, my legs, my equipment, inadquate water, nor bad pictures. There were just too many people; i have never seen this many people on a Cascades hike in over 30 years of hiking. The destination I took the same route…

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Traveling to South Sister

Traveling to South Sister

I planned my 3rd South Sisters hike in 4 years to catch the full moon setting on my way to the trailhead. Getting up in time to be on the road by 04:00 is not that tough, when you have this to look forward to seeing … The next post will be from South Sister hike

Hiking – Scott trail to PCT to Lava Campground

Hiking – Scott trail to PCT to Lava Campground

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/scott-trail-to-observatory-via-pct I completed this hike meeting a good friend who was going around the Sisters’ loop. We met at PCT and I hiked out with him to his car and then to my car at Obsedian trailhead. This is an excellent Sisters Wilderness hike – not too hard and the views from the north side are fabulous. Starting at the Scott trail there were these weird flowers that liked like something from Dr Seuss. (note: clicking on the images will…

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