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Top 7, my favorite Portland, Oregon Area waterfalls

#1 FALLS CREEK – I genuinely have a wildly different experience each time I visit. 

#2 SPIRIT – This hike can be a bit of a chore and the last time I visited I was stung by 5 yellow jackets. I thought of dropping her down the list, but her beauty wouldn’t be denied.

This place is incredibly magical all year, long, but late fall is my absolute favorite 

#3 ABIQUA – Two separate hikes are here that lead to the top and bottom of this beauty. Also a bit of a labour in the descent to both spaces, but the views are well worth it.

#4 TAMANAWAS – The thunderous melody made by this sexy waterfall actually makes me sway when I hear it.

#5 WEISENDANGER (currently closed) 

This waterfall was a casualty in the recent Eagle Creek fire. The falls are on the Multnomah Loop along with several others. No word on when the trail will reopen, but I am certain her beauty will endure. 

#6 PANTHER CREEK – The hike here is quite simple to the first viewpoint, but you can have 3 very different experiences here if you put in a little work.

I am Always, Always filled with energy at this space.

#7 WAHCLELLA (closed) – Wahclella was my introduction to the hiking world in Oregon. For that reason, and for the power behind this gem – keep it on the list. SADLY, her trail is also closed now, another casualty of the Eagle Creek Fire.

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‘Round my Hometown I have many muses

The double sided Mt Hood Gold Leaf Disc Necklace

There have been a few additions to my Oregon inspired hand-painted jewelry collection and I thought it time to show them and the spaces that inspire them a little love. Above is my first painted Oregon charm necklace. It is sealed with non toxic acrylic and has a real gold leaf background. It is finished off with a gold grommet and has doubled up fine, vintage gold plated chain. The charm showcases that sweet baby that I spoke of a few days ago, Mt Hood. You can purchase one HERE

The real life version, from a different angle

Punchbowl Falls 

Punchbowl Falls is a beauty to behold. In recent years the trail has become so crowded that I tend to shy from it. Recently some teenagers started a huge fire with fireworks on this very trail. The blaze closed down many of these beloved spots, so us Oregonians are really hurting. Hoping these earrings remind us of those better days that are bound to return. Get the earrings HERE. 

St Johns Bridge

This beautiful bridge sits just to the north of downtown Portland, connecting the neighborhood of St Johns to Hwy 30 and Forest Park. This is the first time I have painted these so slender and long and the shape compliments the cathedral-like bridge perfectly. Get a pair HERE

Mt Adams

Mt Adams sits to the Northeast of us and is truly magnificent. I have only visited the Mt Adams wilderness once and my breath was taken for certain. The terrain was quite distinctive compared to what I am used to closer to Portland. You need permits to hike on many of the trails on Mt Adams because the majority of it is still First Nation owned, which is amazing. You can get these earrings any time, HERE

I made this little collage recently, the day the Eagle Creek fire started. Clockwise from top left: Wahclella, Quarry Island, Elowah, Latourell, Weisendanger, and the Multnomah loop

Winter Multnomah Falls

Summer Multnomah Falls

No collection would be complete without Oregon’s crown jewel, Multnomah Falls. I have visited countless times, even with the terrifying masses crowding the viewpoints. I’m willing to brave those crowds just to stand for a moment in the spectacle of these falls. Above I have two styles of the falls, Winter (top) available HERE and Summer (bottom) available HERE

Mt Hood assorted earrings

Finally I re-visit Mt Hood! On clear days the mountain gleams in the distance from many vantage points in Portland. Every single time I visit closer to the mountain and it comes into view I exclaim something, be it a curse word, or a simple “Wow” – the mountain never, ever fails to impress. I have three pairs listed on my etsy page, version 1version 2, and version 3. You can also see many more nature inspired earrings and paintings in my store. 


Alaska, my first days 

This Coconut Pecan Bar was divine. It came from a The Bake Shop in Moose Pass on the way to Seward, Alaska. The photo accidentally posted to the top, but it was good enough that I’ll just leave it.

I have wanted to visit Alaska since I was just a little boy. Several years ago I met an amazing woman named Cullen on the streets of Seattle while she was visiting from Anchorage. For ages and ages she would suggest I visit and I could never make it happen…until now. I am presently on day 3 and have experienced so much astounding beauty. 

Not long after landing in Anchorage my friend shuttled me right to the gorgeous and easy-to-hike Thunderbird Falls, just north of the city. 

Franky enjoys a little excursion near the Flat Top and O’Malley Peaks Trails

Summit of Little O’Malley

Heaven on Earth at the top of Little O’Malley peak.

The saddle of O’Malley peak, high above Anchorage was, without a doubt my favorite spot that I visited.

This iconic shop held many wonders including priceless stories from Mary Lou

LOWELL POINT beach (below) was spectacular and filled with flat, jet black rocks tailor-made for skipping.

Lowell Point Beach Bald Eagle and Raven meet-up

The Seward Van Gilder is the oldest hotel in Alaska, believed by many to be haunted by the ghost of Fannie Guthrie-Baehm, murdered in room 2o1 in 1947.

The rapidly shrinking, but breath-taking Exit Glacier.

Simply had to wade into the glacial melt Resurrection River

The Pit Bar on the Seward Highway

Peeped this glorious rail bridge on the way home from the Kenai Fjords park

And now for the outtakes: