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.
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:
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:
Sunrise in India – Vintage Gold leaf necklace with paisley rose quartz gemstone
Our Lady of Labrador – Rose gold necklace with violet flash labradorite gemstone
A glimpse into my week shows you waterfalls and swimming holes, gay fun with toys (green lantern John Stewart and MOTUC Clamp Champ), yellow apatite, Star Wars necklaces (Darth Vader and C3PO), green tourmaline, nautical goodness with pearl, pink coral and starfish, and even a handful of huckleberries.
This week was my first time picking huckleberries. Searching for them is a a ton of work and often times a bush will have just one or two tiny berries. It took hours to get just half a cup, but they are oh so delicious.
The Star Wars pieces are always a hit – both are bib necklaces with steampunk elements. Yellow apatite is my biggest seller on etsy as the stone is a bit harder to come by than it’s teal blue counterpart and each piece has a prism locked inside it. The green tourmaline is a favorite of mine as it combines emerald with olive, two of the very best shades of green. The stone dances around on vintage gold plated chain in the pair of earrings pictured here. I have already received beaucoup compliments on the nautical inspired pink coral and pearl bracelet – complete with starfish charm, so that one is sure to go quickly. A little black love in toy form here with a shirtless masters of the universe Clamp Champ and Green Lantern’s own John Stewart. They were photographed in the very same swimming hole where I am pictured and I’m not telling where that was as it is my secret spot, just for me.
All of the beauties pictured here are listed now on my etsy site, HERE Etsy Zachary Pryor – except for the huckleberries and the toys. Those are mine.
Life is grand, creativity has returned, my Hulu and Crunchy roll apps have a queue chock full of glorious anime and I’m having a sale for the rest of the week! Half off! Works on both sites!
The painted wares, pictured below are available HERE
Aaaaaannnnnddd the gemstone and metal beauties (below) are available HERE