Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mountainous Paradise*

*Can you see the the pics, now?*


Very early the morning following our Portland Blog-Bud Weekend Gathering, my old friend B scooped Jzboy and I up and took us to her family cabin at the base of Mt. Hood. She'd been coaxing me to visit for years and years.

Why?

Why did I not take her up on it until now?

I have no idea. What I do know (for sure) is that this will not be the last time our toes grace the rustic, douglas fir scented, icy rivered, peace-filled goodness that is Rhododendron, OR.

I had no idea that my dear friend's long-loved family heirloom was a Steiner Log Cabin! Lovely, cozy AND historically special...for family and architects alike.

Sweet.


This picture is so my mother can drool:


Here is the view from the deck:


Un-frickin-believeable.

We spent a gorgeous day on Mt Hood. What a lady.



Yes, I am wearing the backpack. It was COLD! The pack kept me warm. I later traded with Jzboy when we were going uphill well after lunch. Talk about a workout. But a beautiful one - exercise should always be this killer. The altitude gave us the extra edge on the aerobic aspect of our trudging.


Can you believe this blue sky? Beautiful, refreshing, azure.


It was a long hike down to the valley and back. As the miles wore on, the camera stayed in its holster. It was better that way.

Perfect way to end this glorious day?

Cribbage & cold beer with dear friend B (right)...beside cozy wee cabin's lovely fireplace! Yes, it was chilly enough for a fire! Jzboy snoozed.

Heaven.

24 comments:

Beeb said...

It looks beautiful. What a great extension to an awesome weekend.

Cavatica said...

I can't see your pics.

Mamacita said...

Oh, I'm going to cry! I can't see the pictures, but the descriptions make me want them so much!

kris said...

Oh man it sounds like HEAVEN, but the pics are those stupid white boxes with the red x's damn it!!!

Mamacita said...

yay! They were gorgeous pictures!

kris said...

Too bad that view from the cabin is so cluttered with all those towering, reach the sky ugly trees.

(that made me feel better about not being there, by the way).

Doris & Dan said...

Amazing! What a great retreat.

Keep smilin!

Cavatica said...

Yes, I can see the pics and they are wonderful. What a cool cabin!!!

Janet said...

That looks....perfect.

Kayce said...

I love that area!

Joannah said...

That looks fabulous!

Special K said...

You are definitely a lucky girl.
That looks like heaven to me...

Katie J said...

Can we go with you next time? We do play cribbage! How beautiful.

atomic mama said...

o.m.g. I am drooling. The hike? the cabin? the views? FANTASTIC!! And you and your friend look so cute and mischievous - meow!

Oh! There was a cribbage board in the Airstream at the Dell, but it was missing key parts... :(

M3 said...

Oh W, it looks like heaven!!! Just beautiful, and you look so at home there. Fun, fun, fun.

walternatives said...

Looks ideal. If I live a good life, I hope to spend eternity in Steiner log cabin next to an icy river surrounded by tall pines.

SBird said...

Oh. Dear. God. Now, that's my idea of a vacation....

Mom & Dad said...

'The Mom' says "you were right". Like Perry Como sang "The Bluest Skies are in Seattle". I know, I know, it is not Seattle, but are those skies ever BLUE. What great pictures. Wow. Good stuff.
M & D

Shannon said...

Total mountainous paradise!! Even the pictures give a sense of calm and peacefulness.

Stacy said...

What a FANTASTIC trip!! I'm so jealous!

jessi said...

Cribbage! Oh how I love cribbage. Looks like a fantastic time!

rubyiscoming said...

oh maaaaaan, i wish we were moving to portland or seattle instead of denver!!!! sigh

Carolyn said...

I'd say that was a piece of heaven! Wow. Good for you. Literally.

jk said...

Portland is a dreamland - loved our short visit in 2005 and cannot wait to go back. Some friends just moved there recently so we have a great excuse. Cute pics of you two!