Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Great Philosopher


Today the world lost a great American philosopher, Yogi Berra.  He is probably better remembered for his sayings than his accomplishments in baseball. 

Whenever he spoke, his words were sure to be memorable.  Two of my favorite “Yogi Berraisms” are as follows:

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six”

“You can observe a lot by watching”

Yogi Berra 1925 - 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Last Day of Summer



Sunrise Over Beards Hollow

I awoke this morning and realized that today was the last day of summer so it seemed fitting that an adventure was in order.  I loaded the camera and my mountain bike before dawn and headed for Washington’s Cape Disappointment State Park.

I began the day with a hike to the top of McKenzie Head.  Although the summit is only a half mile from the parking lot, the trail is rather steep.  Nothing gets the blood pumping like a non-stop hike up a steep slope.

Next, I spent time hiking around the Beards Hollow wet land and made numerous photos in the early morning light.  The nice thing about late September is that the tourists are long gone and you have the park pretty much to yourself.

To end the morning, I took and eight mile bike ride along the Discovery Trail.  The trail runs along the beach and approximates the route that Captain Clark took while exploring the area in November 1805.

The majority of the next two weeks are loaded with volunteer commitments so the next adventure will have to wait!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Annual Ride In The Gorge

Six day a week I spend one half hour pedaling a stationary bike for exercise.  During the month of September, my daily routine is disrupted by the gym’s annual closure for maintenance.  During this time, I will ride my mountain bike in the great outdoors, provided the weather is acceptable.  If you have ever been to coastal Oregon, you know that September frequently offers some of the year’s best weather.

One of my favorite destinations for biking and sightseeing is the Columbia River Gorge and the Historic Columbia River Highway.  The highway was built between 1913 and 1922 and was the first planned scenic highway in the United States.  Today, only traces of the original narrow and winding two-lane road remain.  One five mile stretch, which runs east between Hood River and Mosier is reserved for use by hikers and bicyclists. Biking this portion of the highway offers incredible views of the Columbia River Gorge and the river far below.


The Columbia River looking north to Washington State



The landscape near Mosier is dominated by grass covered slopes and scattered Oak trees



A section of the original highway; even in the day, it must have been unnerving to meet another car head on



My “bike riding buddy” Dale waiting for me at the trail head



This is me hoping we will find a place for lunch that has lots of cold lemonade

Someone recently asked me why I would drive for nearly three hours just to take a ride on my bike.  My response was that the scenery alone is worth making the trip.  It’s also a chance to spend the day with a friend, get some exercise, and enjoy a beautiful day.