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Coast and Mountains

Sunday, September 22, 2019

I took two mini vacations with friends. First trip was to Cape Meares on the Oregon coast near Tillamook. I met my old friends from Portland, and we shared a cabin together. We hiked during the daylight hours, and played music or games in the evening.

Here are a few photos of hikes we took.

I was home only for one day before leaving for my next adventure. I joined a group of my hiking friends for a trip to Indian Heaven wilderness in Washington state. I had never visited this beautiful wilderness destinations. I loved the hiking and spending time with friends.

En route to Washington we stopped at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR.

We attended the birds of prey nature talk.

On the walking trail around the discovery Center

My friend Martina

We arrived at our cabin in Trout Lake Washington. It was a beautiful large log cabin set along the White Salmon river.

My friends outside the cabin.

River outside our back door

The next day we hiked into Indian heaven wilderness. It was a misty and rainy day, so we did not get mountain views. But the fall colors and the wilderness vistas were spectacular.

Martina and I hiked about 7 miles on the trail. She was feeling ill so we headed back. (unfortunately her roommate came down with the Noro virus. About half of our group of six ended up getting sick; I was lucky and escaped the illness).

We stopped at Natural Bridges on our way back to the cabin. The fall colors in this area were beautiful.

Our drive home was beautiful. We visited the Trout Lake Buddhist retreat before heading home. The resident monk was very welcoming and invited us to explore the temple and the grounds.

We walked the labyrinth

The temple. I did not take photos inside; and I also did not take photos within the meditation garden. In both those locations, the Abbey requested no electronics as the areas are for meditation.

We caught a glimpse of Mount Adams peeking below the clouds.

The Buddhist abbey shared the property with a Druid center. I appreciated that both the Buddhists and the druids provided information about their beliefs. I am a Christian, but I am also interested in what others believe.

Druid circle with standing stones

On our way home to Oregon, Mount Hood was blanketed with fresh snow.

I was delighted to go on these two vacations, and to enjoy hiking with friends. My lip still is not healed, but the rest of my face is looking much better. While traveling I noticed my lip was swelling up after part of the scab fell off; so I went to the doctor when I returned home. I am taking antibiotics and icing the lip, and I think that is helping. I am very ready to be completely healed!

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    Fantastic photos! Gotta get back up there...
    63 days ago
    Wow! Admire how you are always traveling! You have the coolest friends! Most of my family and friends were never ever like that! I probably traveled 3 times in my childhood-up to age 18! My dad hated it! Exercise- forget about it!
    Beautiful scenery! emoticon
    Glad you lip is healing, hope the medicine does help more. Be careful. My husband took a fall yesterday, he is ok, just bruised and a couple scrapes. We all have to be more careful! Take care and thanks for commenting on my blog.
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    70 days ago
    so sorry so many in your group fel ill. The photos are beautiful. I am a Christain as well, but I love to learn of other beliefs as well. Have a lovely week
    72 days ago
    What fascinating trips you take, Alison! I love the pictures, and am glad that you respected their wishes about no electronics. Some visitors are perhaps less respectful.

    We are in Fredericton New Brunswick tonight, Nova Scotia tomorrow, and I am really looking forward to smelling the ocean.

    73 days ago
    That beach area seems like such an awesome Oregon secret. We spent a fun week around Cape Meares a few years ago. Beautiful nature pictures of all your adventures. Hope your lip is healing better now. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    73 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Gorgeous pictures... thanks! You share the BEST adventures! How disappointed your friends that got sick must have been...glad that you escaped THAT experience! Hope that the antibiotics enable your lip to heal soon!
    74 days ago
    What a treat to see all these beautiful natural vistas. I am a bit out of the loop and did not know about your lip. I hope you are healed by now. At least you escaped that awful shows how strong you are. Stay well.
    74 days ago
    Both Washington and Oregon have some of the most beautiful scenery in the U.S.. Ken and I talked about moving to Oregon when we retired to be closer to his oldest brother and wife, but...…………….then we had our Grand-daughters...…………...nothing could get us away from them.

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us and I hope that your lip heals quickly. emoticon
    74 days ago
    What great hikes! Lovely pics.
    74 days ago
    Thank you for sharing...great pix!
    74 days ago
    emoticon such beauty!
    74 days ago
    What wonderful vacations you took and photos to match! .. All Awesome!! good for you! How we love
    Oregon!! Yeah!! There is so much beauty surrounding us.
    74 days ago
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