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Staycation, winter hiking and the resulting inspiration and creation 

Just a few days ago my friend Seasons and I headed to one of our frequent refueling spots, McMenamin’s Edgefield. She often gets a room there for a real recharge, but I never join in. In fact, I don’t believe I have ever purchased a room for myself while still “at home”. That changed on Thursday when we stayed over, ate gluten free pizzas and soaked in a nearly empty soaking pool. The soaking pool was amazing enough for me, but Seasons assured me it is often much warmer. The heavy rain cooled it down quite a bit, but also kept the masses away.   
Staying the night at a hotel before a long snowy and slushy hike really turned it into more of an event for me and made the cold slush easier to endure.

The day began with clear skies and snowy hills. We opted for the Multnomah-Wahkeena loop. The trail from the Multnomah side ascends quickly, so we were hiking in snow in no time at all. 

   
 
Many people turn back halfway through the 11 switchbacks, but if you soldier on you will discover dense forest and many more waterfalls. The rushing waters were made more spectacular after all of our recent rain and snowfall, but they also swallowed up many of the banks we usually spend time on.

   
The glory that awaits you after switchback #11!

 
Weisendanger Falls

  
Ecola Falls

After you pass 2 more truly impressive falls (Weisendanger and Ecola) the hike becomes a smidge tedious in winter months. The elevation keeps increasing and the snow is melting due to runoff underneath it and even the most waterproof boots become soggy. And then the clouds roll in and a downpour hits you on the head. You look at your friend and wonder, “Is she enjoying this? Am I?” The answer becomes yes after you realize you have a better waterproof coat in your pack and your friend is always happy in the woods, sogginess be damned. And also you see things like this:

   
fairy falls

 
The Columbia River 

We returned to Edgefield after completing the hike with a descent that was wet as hell, but miraculously free of any wipeouts. A quick coffee with some uploading to instagram, Etsy and Facebook while nestled in a quiet nook brought me back to life. I was asleep by 10:30, and I’m a 3AM guy.

This little getaway and hike recharged me in the best way though and I was able to create beauties like these:

   
The Sensational She-Hulk hand-painted comic book superhero earrings
 
Come fly with me – raw smoky quartz crystal pendant with vintage gold chain

    
Sunrise in India – Vintage Gold leaf necklace with paisley rose quartz gemstone

 
Our Lady of Labrador – Rose gold necklace with violet flash labradorite gemstone 

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