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
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!