outdoors


On monday mackinac and I walked up to washington park and I took some pictures of the holocaust memorial.
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I want to show you the comparison between yesterday and today. They have all of these bronzed installments that I assume are symbolizing how personal items were stripped from the people as they were being shipped to camps.

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Now here is the same bronzed baby and teddy bear.

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Pretty crazy it could snow so much in portland. I posted some other photos on my flickr page.

On friday I had to wake up at ~6am and go into work early, even though I had taken the day off, and it took longer than expected. This in turn pushed back the errands I had to run before hitting the road. Oh yeah so then it was across downtown in rush hour traffic to get to AAA and get car insurance because mine was expiring that day. you may be wondering what does this have to do with the camping trip. Patience, it is all part of an intricate tapestry of events.
One of the great parts of living in portland is that it is a burden to have a vehicle. I spend on average $3K a year in repair costs on my car and I drive so very little that I only get liability protection to save some money.

Enough of the boring intro lets talk about camping. Needless to say I arrived at the trail-head after dark. Normally this wouldn’t be a cause for concern but at this particular trail-head there are two parking lots. The better lot is farther away from the trail but to save time I used the closer one. It was a nice night, not to cold and the moon was out.

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We hiked ~5 miles in and set up camp. I got a fire going from soaking wet wood and moss.

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The gear was holding up it’s end and kept me warm and comfortable all night. I have just one word for anyone who cares, “icebreaker“. Look it up HERE to get it on sale.

The next morning mack and I emerged from the tent well rested and ready for a nice hike after breakfast.

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I don’t want to bore you with lots of pictures of trees and creeks and stuff but my camera is quite demanding when it comes to use. If I even pass up one thing on the trail that is even remotely photo worthy I have to hear about it for the next half-hour.

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I don’t know where this came but I didn’t trip over it the night before when I was hiking in the dark.

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These photos were taken on the way back down to the parking lot. I wanted to move my car to the other lot where I thought it would be safer.

When mack and I reached the lot surprise surprise my car had been broken into. Unfortunately for the thieves I am poor and don’t have anything worth stealing. They got my cell phone (brand new only 2 weeks old) and my keys (why the hell do you steal someones keys). They also broke into the luggage box on top of the car and stole my spikes spider

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which are the only way I can make it up the mountain to go snowboarding. These puppies retail for over$300 smackers but I scored them off craigslist for $90. If you click on these thumbnails you can see the carnage in all its’ glory.
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So now I was faced with the dilemma of leaving my windowless car alone while I hike back up 5 miles to camp pack up my stuff and then hike back down. That’s pretty much all I could do. I guess the worst part was driving home in the middle of winter with no driver-side window sitting on glass. And if you were paying attention to the beginning of the story you would recall I only have liability which of course does not cover theft and break-ins.

Happy F#*king New Year bitches.

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Today, my ONE day off work, my supposed good friend mack, wakes me up early and drags me on a “forced death-march” in the cold, wet, muddy, icy columbia river gorge.

 

 

He told me the name of this waterfall “wahkeena” or something and it meant “most beautiful” in the yakima language, “whatever”. I could be sitting at home eating a burrito or something and watching samurai movies. It was a long waterfall looked about 242 ft from top to bottom.

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Another damn waterfall! Where is all this water coming from? They’re loud and wet, big deal. I mean it’s just a huge outdoor shower. Mack makes me stop for a while at every one so he can stare at them. What a weirdo.

 

 

I can’t understand what he sees in this stuff. I work all week long to have a place with stuff to do in it and the second I have time to relax he wants to go hike 10.7 miles from wahkeena falls to devils rest by way of angels rest. I hate my life.

 

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Why can’t I just stay home and look at a screen like a normal person. No! My dog insists I follow him up a 2,340 ft elevation gain and I let him push me around because I have no spine.

 

 

I tried to at least stop and take a picture of the columbia river but mack was like, ” come on, hurry up, let’s go”.

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I was praying he would slip on the ice and I would finally be rid of him. I quickly stuffed some carrots in my mouth while the “hiking nazi” mack wasn’t looking.

 

 

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finally we’re back at the first one! Time to go home eat, get in bed and watch a movie like a civilized being. Why do I let him do these things to me.What a watse of a day, thank you very much mutt.

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Mackinac went for a walk (did somebody just say the “W” word) in forest park today it was pretty warm out and very muddy.

 

 

 

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These signs are all along the trail. When I die please do not weld a piece of metal onto a rock and litter the woods with it. Thank you

 

 

And what’s the deal with “Lauri” and “his”.That guy’s parents must have really wanted a girl bad.

 

 

 

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Class if you would direct your attention over here, we have an example of the trail sign.

 

See they tell you which trail your on and which way it goes. This is not helpful if you don’t know from where you came and have no clue as to where you’re headed.

I’m not going to go into too much detail, but let’s just suffice it to say that everyone whom became involved with my Dad’s trip to portland had an amazing time. We braved the “extreme for portland” conditions as best we could and got in some quality outdoors time but I took every opportunity to mention how much better the next time he comes will be in IN THE SPRING.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took a hike in the Columbia River Gorge Past Horsetail falls, behind Ponytail falls, across the Oneonta Gorge and up to Triple falls.

We got back to the car just as it began to rain, perfect timing or careful planning?

A quick run down of our itinerary might look something like this: Beer at Lauralwood, Pizza at Last Thursday, Pool at Roadside Attraction, Mcmenamins (various locations; Edgefield, Kennedy School, Blue Moon, ect.), Snowboarding at Skibowl, Holiday Bike Drive at Legacy Emanuel, Claire’s pool tournament, Walks in Forest Park, Long bike ride around the entire eastside of Portland, Movies Movies Movies, Saturday Farmers Market, Portland Saturday Market, Bikecraft at City Hall, Tugboat brewery, OHSU holiday party. I am probably leaving some important things out but to see the pictures click on the my pictures link to the right.

It was good to see you finally Dad and we will all miss you, just remember you can leave STL at 7am and get to PDX by 10:30am by plane and it costs less than driving.