Is it Really Winter?

While most of the US east of the Rockies is still in the deep freeze, Portland chalked up the warmest February on record. Really! Snow packs less than 10% of normal and drought looming for the summer is what’s happening. So, how does this impact me?

– Mud puddles at 1000 acres are almost non-existent — a real problem in my book.

– My hair is falling out all over the place and I HATE being brushed. I think that’s a Mom problem though…

– Hikes have been on the schedule–you’ve seen several — that’s definitely a plus.

– There are still beaches at the rivers — another plus, especially at this time of the year.

And everything is in bloom.

Pee Ess: I know I was going to tell you about my adventures at the Popstar’s (some is on my FB page). I PROMISE that’ll be next, but Mom came home and got the sickies. And, I had to put my nurse cap on again.Nurse SageI don’t know if she’s better yet, but we’ll get by to see you all! Stay warm (and well)!!

Tripping

My road trip continued the next day–I had no clue where we were going, but somehow I think it’ll be fun. After a very foggy start (check my Facebook page), we stopped for another pit stop. If you look very hard through the haze, you’ll see Mt. Shasta. Mt. ShastaA bit further down the road, Mom pulled over for lunch in the little town of Williams, CA. There’s a taqueria (La Fortuna) there that is soooo good. One of those places where the clientele all know each other–off the beaten path, but they know where to go! And so did we. At La FortunaBack in the car, I snoozed and snoozed. After a bit, I smelled water. You know my nose can find it anywhere, don’t you? And then we stopped and I knew where I was — at the Popstar’s house!!walking with Poppyplaying ball

I was so happy!After playing

I think we’ll have some fun adventures here!

WW: Road Trip!

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When the suitcases come out, I know what’s next–I  stay home.  But Mom packed one for me!  And took my new comfy bed out to the car.

Obviously I DIDN’T know what was next–I was soon to find out. 

Lots of sleepin’ later we stopped for the night and !WOW! we went for a hike. Mom hopes some of the pictures turned out so I can show you. Of course,  she forgot the camera cable…

Wahclella Falls

In my last post, we were hiking to Wahclella Falls–I left you just before reaching our destination. So now I’ll finish my adventure.

We rounded a corner and there it was!  Wahclella Falls

One of the prettiest falls we’ve seen. Mom took a short video…the roar of the water dropping into the creek is something you don’t want to miss.

Atop a boulderWe all had dirty feet by this time and still had to walk back through a very muddy section of the trail (check out Mr. N’s blog to see how muddy it was!) We all enjoyed a foot dip in the creek at the end!Tanner Creek

Hiking to Munra and Wahclella Falls-Part 2

After a romp at 1000 Acres

Mr. N and I drove into the Columbia Gorge to Wahclella Falls – our next hike. We have been fortunate to have fairly nice weather recently as winter hiking can present numerous challenges. Even so, it was quite muddy on the trail, but that didn’t bother me a bit! You see, I was already muddy (and a bit stinky from a roll in coyote skat) from our stop at 1000 Acres.

This lollipop loop trail is considered “easy” (300 foot elevation gain) and is only a 2-mile round trip. But the scenery  definitely made up for any ‘shortcomings’. 😃

Of course, Mr. N and I had to do some stump sitting along the way!On a stumpWe crossed a bridge so close to Munra Falls that I could reach out and touch the water!

looking back at Munra Falls

looking back at Munra Falls

We found a cave but Mom’s pictures didn’t turn out very well. But, this was another spot that could have been a cave (but wasn’t).hole in the mountainWe took one fork of the lollipop loop that rose high above Tanner Creek. It was pretty impressive!

I knew we were close to our destination–I could hear the falls.High above Tanner CreekSo don’t miss the rest of this hike. You’ll love it!