Mt. Hood

We drove south to Mt. Hood last weekend to get in a good hike, fresh mountain air and a picnic. First we made our way up to the Timberline Lodge to check out the top of Mt. Hood… of course there was still another few thousand feet to go to the summit it was amazing to be up there. A lot colder than we expected – felt like a chilly November afternoon.

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Afterwards we headed to Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain and hiked to Mirror Lake. It was a bit misty up in the mountains that weekend but made for a cooler hike going uphill. When we reached Mirror Lake we decided to have some soup and bread by the shoreline except we couldn’t see it at all. We knew it was there but the fog was so dense we could barely make out the tree tops on the other side. As we sat for a while a big gust of wind came in over the mountains and released the fog and there was the lake. It was surreal – we felt it’s presence there the whole time but it wasn’t until the mist cleared that we could process exactly where we were sitting. We hiked around the rest of the lake and back down to the beginning of the trail.

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On the way down we met Dwayne. He thought I stood out with my bandanna and hat and said that I looked like I was on an expedition. Funny you should ask I thought…. anyway, we got into talking about our trip over the past 4 months and Portland and seeing the U.S. He said he had climbed to the top of all these mountains surrounding us but could never do what we did. I said it really wasn’t that hard – that the hardest part was just going. He started talking about how incredible it was that we had seen a lot more than someone else would in a whole life time – I still felt like where we had been anyone can get out there and go. I guess it’s just a matter of lifestyle and how you want to live your life. I guess some people would never go on the same adventure we went on but that doesn’t mean they won’t go on other adventures. It’s just funny how experience is weighed. That we see in someone’s eyes that they would like to just get out there one day and go but let other things rule their world and get in their way of going. At the trailhead Dwayne gave us his card and told him to call him if we’d ever like to get together and have a beer. He apologized if it seemed weird – him being a stranger and all but when you’ve talked to someone about the importance of everything hiking down a mountain side I don’t believe they are a stranger anymore. Perhaps one day we will get together with Dwayne for that beer… but for now we will appreciate that moment – that connection and wonder about the cosmos above…

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