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Kamiak Butte Pine Ridge Trail

We had a great time hiking the short, but uphill 3.5 mile pine ridge trail at Kamiak Butte today. 75 floors logged on the Fitbit by the time we left, which we upped to 100 after a walk to the store later. It’s great to have something like this just under 15 miles away. If the views are this amazing after the wheat has been harvested, I can’t wait until next year when everything starts turning green. Definitely a vista that will change almost every time you visit.

Looking East from the Cascade Locks on the bridge over to Thunder Island

Cascade Locks

Another day with a rental car and another day driving east. We had intended to head for the coast this morning, but we were feeling good about the prospects of either Hood River or Cascade Locks, so we wanted to take another look at some specific places. The Cascade Locks Marine Park is gorgeous and very much worth the pause. We also had wonderful views driving from Bridge of the Gods up to the crossing at Hood River on the Louis and Clark Highway.

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Trillium Lake

It was pretty much the perfect day to rent a car and get out of Portland to head East. After hanging out in Hood River for a bit, then meandering on miles of gravel between The Dalles and Route 35, we took advantage of the sunshine and enjoyed a beautiful short hike around Trillium Lake.┬áIt’s days like these that make not owning a car seem much less appealing. Off to the coast tomorrow!

Perseid Meteor Shower At Cannon Beach

Last night we drove out on a whim to Cannon Beach to catch the Perseid meteor shower. It was a gamble to rely on an often cloudy coast to provide a clear view, but it paid off.

We spent 45 minutes laid out on the sand in our own dark pocket amongst the scattered fires on the beach. A very dark and eerie Haystack Rock towered above the night water. Its birds screamed in unison every so often.

The sky above was clear, and the surrounding clouds formed almost a circle as to help focus our viewing. The meteors were fantastic! I can’t remember a time when I saw brighter or longer tails streaking through the night.

The wheels have already started turning to find a dark and quiet place for next year.