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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cedar Creek Grist Mill

My Sunday photo expedition took me across the Columbia River into southwest Washington. My first stop was Cedar Creek Grist Mill, a working museum, showing visitors the inside workings of a grist mill originally built in 1876.
 My next stop was a ride on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

 Going through the tunnel was spooky!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mushroom season

I LOVE hunting for mushrooms. I've joined the Oregon Mycological Society which organizes educational presentations along with field trips to study, identify and collect both edible and non-edible mushrooms. This week we went hunting and found lots of lobster mushrooms and some chanterelles.

Chanterelles and bright orange lobster mushrooms
If once wasn't enough, I went hunting a second time with people I'd met earlier in the week. Today we found king boletes (also known as boletus edulis, porcini, or cèpes.) Yumm!
Quinn, our guide, with king bolete
 We found these gorgeous mushrooms near Mt. Hood, and I was able to get some more postcard photos.
Trillium Lake with Mt. Hood in the background

But even more than hunting for mushrooms, I love living near Rachel and Philippe. Yesterday evening we had dinner together and shared the bounty of my recent hunt.
Life is good.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oxbow Park

The salmon are swimming upriver to spawn. This past week I drove to Oxbow Park just east of Portland to check out the Sandy River and to see if I could spot any salmon. I was hoping to take a dramatic photo of salmon leaping out of the water like this: (nope, not my photo!)

But I did stare at the river for a very long time searching for salmon.  

  And then I gave up and had a picnic in the shade of the giant trees

 and wandered through the trails admiring the ancient forest.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Columbia River Gorge

I love being retired! I can take off to go sightseeing whenever the spirit moves me. Earlier this week I explored the historic scenic highway along the Columbia Gorge.
Columbia river looking east
With several waterfalls within short hiking distance of the road
Latourell waterfall
 And stunning views of 5 volcanoes from the top of Larch mountain
Mt. Hood
As I returned to Portland at the end of the day, I stopped to enjoy the view from Vista Point where lots of other people were also waiting for sunset. The couple below were part of a crew filming a tourism video.
 They were good photo subjects!

 As were this couple waiting for sunset on top of their car.

Sunset on the Columbia looking west

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oregon coast

The Pacific Ocean is only an hour and a half from my home in Portland. Sunny weather on a recent weekend provided the perfect opportunity for a two-day excursion.
First stop: Cannon Beach with its iconic Haystack Rock
I spent the night further south, near Depot Bay. Here's the view from my balcony after the sun went down. I even saw some whales from my window!

The next day, I visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest on the Oregon coast.
I finished the trip with a hike along the Nature Conservancy Trail on Cascade Head.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Portland - my new apartment

After spending the summer in my native Colorado, I have now relocated to Portland, Oregon. I found a fully-equipped apartment in a lovely, walkable neighborhood near Laurelhurst park, Whole Foods, tons of restaurants, and, best of all, walking distance from Philippe and Rachel. My new home is three times larger than my studio apartment in Paris and I sit at a large desk looking out at flowers and trees. Here are some photos of my new place, from front to back.
Shady front porch
Spacious living room with wood burning fireplace

Main bedroom
 Guest bedroom / office
A real kitchen!

The backyard and view from kitchen and office
While I miss speaking French and the cultural life of Paris, I am very happy exploring my new surroundings.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Brainard Lake

I took another hike in the Brainard Lake recreation area west of Boulder yesterday. And although I do go for the sightseeing and the exercise,
Brainard Lake

I always enjoy the flowers

 and the waterfalls,
Blue Lake

but the real reason I go is because . . . . .

of the mushrooms!! This prized edible is known by various names: boletus edulis (Latin), king bolete (English), porcini (Italian) or cèpe (French). But whatever you call it, it is delicious!!