Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 787.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 277 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 91407 feet

Hot, sunny and humid is the weather of the day. You can see the rain clouds forming in the Cascade mountain range and it’s quite beautiful.

I started out by visiting Cottonwood Beach, except there really isn’t much beach because the Columbia river is very high today. So after walking on a path that is parallel to the water I went back out in the Dike.   I’m going east until the end of the dike.

Walking East on the dike I passed by a whole bunch of purple martin bird houses and they all seem to be occupied at this point. I stood there and watched them flying back and forth, and it’s interesting to see how much is this big community of birds.

I walk towards the end of the dike, and there’s a bench there, and I sat down.   I got a chance to talk with two gentleman.   It was very nice and it’s always a pleasure to be with other people.

There’s a section of Steigerwald NWR that is normally closed seasonally but is now open now. I use this Trail to go and make a loop around me National Wildlife Refuge. There’s a couple of bridges, steigerwald Lake and a beautiful view of the Gorge (also Mt. Hood when clear).   I saw turtles, red-winged blackbirds, turtles and Blue Herons!

I then just headed back West on the Dike, and to my car.   It was definitely a wonderful day and well worth getting out in the fresh air.

Forest Road Hike in Southern Washington Cascades

Hike Distance: 8.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 780.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1397 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 92196 feet

It looked like it was going to be a cool day but the sun has burned off the clouds and it’s now hot, humid and hazy. The number of irises In Bloom out here is astounding. It’s probably in the thousands that I’m seeing and just spectacular!

So far I’ve been lucky enough to be buzzed by a hummingbird and then I ran into a deer! I froze in place and was able to get a few photos, while it looked on to see if I was a threat. It’s always a real treat to run into wildlife, and still be able to catch photos before they run.

It looks like there’s a thunderstorm building just north of me and looks pretty spooky. It’s hard to tell if this will move my way but I’m not prepared for a full onslaught of rain, lightning and wind.  I turned around and headed back the three miles to my car.  It was fortunate that only a few raindrops fell on the way back. 🙂

Frenchmen’s Bar Area Hike

Hike Distance: 4.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 772.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 193 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 91130 feet

Quite busy at home again today and so I got out late. I do enjoy when I have a productive morning and so it was well worth it. I have a time limit when I have to get back since I’ll be seeing my grandchildren tonight, so I decided came here.

Quite the hazy day with no visibility of any volcanoes. Very humid and nice and warm, and makes it feel like summer, finally! There were some Ospreys overhead and took a few pictures and they were beautiful.

I tried walking along the beach in the southerly direction but there was a flock of geese enjoying the nice warm sand and I decide not to bother them. Instead, I went South on the Dike and it’s full of high grasses at this point, but not a big deal.

I was entering something into my day-timer and I heard a splash behind me in the Columbia River. I turn around there’s an osprey with a fish in its claws, flying off with a meal! My timing sucks!

I bumped into a very nice woman, Michelle, and we had a nice long conversation!  I always enjoy meeting new people during hikes, and we discussed many interesting topics. 🙂

A very nice day and glad I could enjoy it for a few hours!

Hike Distance: 6.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 768.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 812 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 90799 feet

I’m getting out very late today because I had an appointment with my orthopedist on the MRI results for my ankle. He was very late and so it took me awhile to get back, considering it’s located in Portland. The results are not very good. 😦   Basically I have a lesion on my right ankle joint that is probably been causing all of my pain the past couple of years. The pain is intensified as a result of getting a leg lifts and this is not making things better.

His normal recommendation would be to take two months off and see if all the swelling goes down. However, he knows I have a lot planned for the summer and has instead referred me to a specialist. He indicated that this could lead to arthritis and I would prefer not to have that.

Dr Chesnutt called me back at the beginning of this hike and indicated he had already talked to a specialist, and they felt that this was more chronic and that I can continue hiking, as planned. Their feeling is that it might be useful to get some cortisone to calm the inflammation down.   I do have minor arthritis but it’s not significant and that’s a good thing.   I’m so glad Dr Chesnutt called me back, and was willing to go the extra mile to actually talk with a specialist, before I actually saw one!   This is the kind of amazing qualities that Dr Chesnutt has, and why I see him!  He understands the importance of hiking to me, and goes above and beyond to make sure I’m getting the best care!

Basically, I just looped around the park today and managed some of the ivy.  Hot and humid today.  Definitely worth getting out and enjoying the fresh air.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 754.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1167 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 89987 feet

It was supposed to rain and it didn’t disappoint.  It down-poured for most of the hike and felt cold at the when we started out.  We really weren’t well prepared for the colder temps and heavy rain, but we had enough gear to feel okay about continuing.  Everything turned out okay as we warmed up after we started moving.  Our clothing was saturated at the end of the hike, and I mean inside and out!

We went in a large loop on a forest road and did a little extra exploration on a road we’ve never been upon.  Nobody was out there, except us, and the rain probably convinced them to stay inside!  The rain let up towards the end of the hike, but we were still glad to get back to the car.