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Taking it in and Soaking it in (Blog # 439)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Weekends have been pleasant of late. I have been able to get in a few rides and a few long walk/runs. While driving back from a ride in the Gorge last weekend, I had an ah-ha about why my rides and walks and runs are so important to me. My husband drove me and a friend to our drop off point at Cascade Locks so that we could pick up the bike trail there and bike to the Falls... not a long ride at all, but it has its small challenging climbs and some of the most amazing views of the Columbia Gorge.

Here's the thing. The drive out to the locks is along the Columbia Gorge River on a highway that urges traffic to keep at a steady 55 (maybe 65??). It is a highway built to get from Portland to Eastern Oregon efficiently. You get some gorgeous peeks at the river along the way and a steady view of the gorge walls replete with trees and water falls. No two ways about it, it is a spectacular drive. Unfortunately, there are not that many places to pull off to the side to slow the pace of the panorama going by. You can stop in a few towns along the way but that's about it. You get a "panoramic" drive and you take in the scenery around you.

The bicycle ride.. now that is another thing altogether. Starting in Cascade Locks there is a bike path that winds slowly through a forest of firs and maples. The ferns abound and small creeks dots the sides of the path. Eventually you end up on the old Columbia Gorge Highway. I learned on one of my stops along this wonderful route that the Old Highway was purposely designed to allow its travelers to stop and soak in the panorama.

So that's it... the joy I get from my rides and runs and walks is the gift of being able to SOAK IN the sceneries around me. From a slow view of the gorge to a drop of early morning dew on a golden leaf, details of life that escape me when I am zooming around in my car.

Here's to SOAKING IN life!

Along the path:

Vantage Point- Bike

Creeks 'long the way:

A Slow Look at the Columbia River:

Fall Leaf:

Early Morning Dew:

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

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    It's been too long since I've been up that way. With the great weather forecast maybe next weekend. Thanx for reminding me why I love Oregon!
    1588 days ago
    Nice photos! I'm reveling in the gorgeous foliage and weather here in New England!
    1588 days ago
    Pretty photos! My husband and I drove the old Columbia Gorge Highway last week to soak in the waterfalls and leaves. I'd be a bit daunted by how narrow the road is if I was on a bike...not much room for cars, let alone cars AND bikes! It wasn't a sunny day, but it was beautiful. Check out my blog to see our scenic views.
    1588 days ago
    Here's to living it - every new emoticon ...
    unwrapping every emoticon of life and taking it all in.
    So glad you are still loving the mountain!
    1588 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/14/2013 8:54:50 AM

    We lived in Monteray CA for a couple of years and spent lots of great times going to your neck of the woods so to speak! Your pictures brought back lots of great memories!

    Also thanks for your words of encouragement on my old TRI CHICK blog -- must appreciated.

    Have a good one -- back to indoor spinning tomorrow!
    1588 days ago
    Such a beautiful trail!
    1588 days ago
    Beautiful !!

    Love the fall bikes and hikes in the Pacific Northwest (West Coast for us Canadians)
    1589 days ago
    Beautiful photos!
    1589 days ago
    Gorgeous photos, Diane! Thanks for sharing your soaking it in. I have a few fall colors around the lake today, but too tired to put them up tonight... LOVE your mountain!
    1589 days ago
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