There are a lot of really great trails right within the Portland metropolitan area, so Mr. N and I decided to take advantage of a beautiful day and go for a hike up to Council Crest Park–about 6.4 miles round trip and 1100 feet elevation gain. At first, Mr. N thought he smelled something and didn’t want to go, but a little encouragement from some of my Papa Psuka treats (dried liver), he was ready to go! (We aren’t reviewing these treats–they’re just plain GOOD)
Up the trail we went. It’s always nice to be in the forest–there’s plenty of felled trees to stop and
have a photo-op take a rest.
Up and up we went, then down a ravine and back up again. Piece of cake–at least that’s what I thought. Mom was thinking about the return trip through that ravine….
We reached the top and WOW. The views were spectacular. If you look hard, that’s Mt. Hood in the background. It had gotten a bit warmer, so Mom put my trusty cooling coat on. She’d soaked it in water and carried it in her backpack just for me!
We could also see Mount St. Helens (that’s the one that blew its top in 1980) on the left and Mount Adams on the right. Just behind Mount St. Helens is Mt. Rainier–way up near Seattle and 104 miles from where we stood.After checking out all the sceniks, we found a statue of a pioneer woman and her baby. We thought it was pretty cool!
It was time to head back down the trail, with several stops for a bit of log walking.
and checking out some of the wonderful forest scenes. I was happy!
Mom here: This is the last hike for a while. While doing something stupid (trimming off some low hanging branches off a tree) I had to jump off the falling ladder and tore my ACL and another ligament in my knee. MRI Monday will tell us what the specific damage is. So, with the help of friends, Sage will continue to have adventures in the near future and we’ll be back on the trail as soon as possible. We’ll still be posting and visiting all of you though!