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Heavenly Hike. Followed by Crash to Earth

Friday, September 06, 2019

Yesterday I went on a heavenly hike with my friend Pat. It was so relaxing and beautiful, and up in the high mountains as close to heaven as we can get.

We were at Sparks lake in Central Oregon’s high cascade Mountains, on the Ray Atkinson trail. The trail is named for Ray Atkinson, who was photographer laureate for Oregon about 30 years ago. He did many famous photographs of the lakes in this area.

Pat and me at the Atkinson view point

South Sister

Broken Top


We looped away from the leak through Davis Canyon, a short narrow fissure in the lava.

Then we hiked through the woods on our way back to the car. At the top of a volcanic knoll, we caught glimpses of our favorite mountains again.

My crash down to earth came near the end of the hike. I tripped on a lava boulder and fell hard face first. I was bleeding fairly profusely from the cut lip and cuts on my face. Luckily I had a first aid kit with me, and Pat helped clean up the wound. I was still bleeding from my lip when I got home, So I took a quick shower and drove to the urgent care clinic. The urgent care clinic doctor sent me to the hospital ER. She explained that the inside of my lip was cut all the way to the gum. And that the surgical sutures required a facial plastic surgeon and a special anesthetic that was only available at the hospital.

I was very lucky at the ER. I did not have a long wait; and my care was excellent. Because I had bonked my head and had contusions, they did a CAT scan (Luckily my brain and bones were fine. I can’t afford to lose any brain cells!). The lip did not stop bleeding until the stitches were in.

I am sore today but not too bad. However, I look like I’ve been in a car wreck, or someone mugged me.

I still love hiking, and I will continue to hike. I do need to pay attention to the trails, and not enjoy my surroundings and conversations so much that I miss the pesky boulders that are on the path. So I hope all of you are out enjoying beautiful heavenly adventures, without crashing back down to the ground!
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    Oh my gosh, I’m so late catching up on blogs - sorry to hear about your fall! Hopefully you are all healed up by now, more or less...
    81 days ago
    Wow, sounds like a scary fall! Glad your better! Beautiful pictures as always!
    94 days ago
  • 1958TMC
    Sounds and looks like the hike was so beautiful and awesome, until it wasn't. Take care of you so you can go back out and enjoy God's wonderful world!
    96 days ago
    Oh my, these falls are unsettling and can really shake us up. I am so glad you got quick good care. You have an awesome resilient attitude. I hope you have a,speedy recovery.
    97 days ago
    Oh, my sorry this happened to you!
    Goes to show how our lives can change in an instant!
    Take it easy for a while.
    97 days ago
    Oh Alison, I am so sorry to hear of your fall. I am so glad that you didn't chip or knock out any of your teeth, but the face always bleeds so much that it is very scary. I am sure that it won't keep you away from hiking in the future...………..YOU ARE A TROOPER!!!

    Ken comes home late tomorrow night and has sent me pictures of all of my favorite places from our last trip. On Wednesday he and our SIL went to Canon Beach and Astoria and on Thursday Ken and his brothers took the Ferry across Puget Sound and then drove on the North side of the Columbia River down to Longview. He said it was beautiful and reminded him of Door County in Wisconsin.

    Take care of yourself and give your body the time it needs to heal.
    97 days ago
    Oh, my gosh Alison. That could have been so much worse! But, bad enough! So sorry to hear! I am so scared of falling now, after my fall & broken shoulder from it. And you have Osteopenia too! That's why I don't like hiking in the woods anymore, hidden branch roots, etc. Take care and be careful. I don't like hikes where you have to be more watching your feet than the beautiful surroundings like in your pics! Quick Healing wishes! emoticon
    97 days ago
    Oh my stars Alison I am so sorry for that awful fall .
    I love the beautiful photos. Can you imagine what heaven will look like when we get there. God sure gives us his master pieces to enjoy while here on earth !!
    Have a lovely weekend & pray you heal real good !!
    97 days ago
    Just one of those things. Glad you got stitched up and everything checked out okay.

    Hugs, Gail emoticon
    97 days ago
    I'm glad everything worked out okay. Take care.
    97 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    What an adventure! Beautiful pictures! God bless you.
    97 days ago
    oooh that sounds nasty, could have been worse I guess.

    I hope you heal quickly and are soon back out on your beloved trails.
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    97 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Beautiful country. Praying for speedy and complete healing
    97 days ago
    I So sorry to hear of your accident and those things certainly can happen! I am glad it was not worse and as for the view you were certainly close to heaven alright! emoticon
    97 days ago
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