Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Salmon Butte Trail

After a short hiatus, I finally got a chance to take to the trail again. This time, it was the Salmon Butte Trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Together, with 4 strong women, we hiked 9 miles round trip, climbing 2700 feet. The rocky outcropping at the top provided a good place to rest, as well as views of many of our most beloved mountains.

Rhododendrons were in bloom all over

5 girls and their packs

Friday, July 16, 2010

My New Wheels

Two weeks ago I finally decided to buy a car! After a year and a half of living in my awesome city with only my bike, a zipcar membership and public transportation, I felt it was time to once again experience the freedom that having my own wheels can afford me. I will still continue to bike/bus to and from work and I will definitely be paying back some rides given to me by my friends.

A 2001 Honda CRV...perfect for wintertime shenanigans on Mt. Hood

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


This past 4th of July weekend, I ventured down to California for a family reunion to celebrate my great-aunt's 90th birthday. Born in 1920 with cerebral palsey, my great-aunt has lived a life full of inspiration. In her words, she never felt like a cripple growing up and from my point of view, she has always seemed fiercely independent. She has traveled to Europe 3 times and learned to drive after having a car retrofitted for her. At the age of 90, she is happy, aware and even still drinking her whiskey.

The woman of honor, Aunt Janet, chatting it up with my cute cousin

A piece of art in itself (created by my cousin pictured above)

Chairs awaiting birthday party goers at the retirement village

A tribute at the San Diego Padres game

And finally, a beautiful sunset while waiting for 4th of July fireworks at San Clemente beach

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sailing on the Columbia

The 2010 sailing season has begun!. I've been out twice so far this year and can't wait to go out again when the wind is upon us.

Sailing in under the I205 bridge

Master helmswoman at the tiller

A Columbia River sunset