Nov 09, 2009
Some people escape into books, others into a good movie. I too like to get away from it all. It’s healthy to take a break from the normal routine and experience a change of pace even if it’s just for a couple of hours. While I do a fair share of reading and movie watching nothing beats really getting away from it all, so several times a year I find myself up in Oregon’s spectacular Hood River Valley. Nothing beats just hanging out, with a couple of good friends. Of course we don’t just lie around all day. Usually we manage to get up (drag ourselves out of bed) at a reasonable hour, (reasonable depending on how late we stayed up the evening before), enjoy a tasty breakfast prepared by my pal Steve, and then, weather permitting, (and it usually does) Rick, Steve and I hit the trail for a few hours. One of our favorite shorter hikes (if we didn’t get to bed at a reasonable time) is a little gem of a trail through the Hood River National Forest by the east fork of the Hood River that ends at Tamanawas Falls. ( Oregon Wild Hikes: Tamanawas Falls — Oregon Wild) The moist, fresh air, the smell of the lush forest and all those stunning the fall colors, oh, and a surprise snow shower! But I can’t escape forever. I just returned last night (again!) and now it’s back to the old routine. Of course, without the “same old routine” how would any us appreciate getting away from it all? I’m not sure...but I wouldn’t mind giving it a try...
(Steve and Leigh at the Tamanawas Falls Photo courtesy of Rick Rittenburg)
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