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
Very inspiring day.
SparklingCyclone vintage rhinestone triple hoop earrings with quartz.
Forever. Ethical piece made with filigree chevron charm and rutilated quartz
WitchDoctor – vintage, ethical piece with silver chains, arrow, black skull and crossbones and silver titanium quartz.
“WeatherWitch” The X-Men’s Storm pictured in her iconic Mohawk look – small painting.
This is HaZel. She is a spotted owl who lives at the Portland Audubon Society. She flew into a tree when she was young and her wing feathers grew in deformed so she cannot fly. But she’s still rad. I hand-painted her on dense board so that she could exist as earrings!
This, this is the life. I moved back to Portland, Oregon 5 years ago because I felt it was time. Time to get away from the hustle and bustle of City life and back to the tiny city that I have felt the most comfort in. One of the biggest contributing factors in my move back is the proximity to lovely, beautiful, perfect nature. Every Monday and Friday a dear friend and I pack up our hiking packs, throw on our scrubby clothes and head out to the gorge, the mountain, to Skamania county. Most of the time our phones work on the hikes, so I to get to do a tiny bit of work – hoping that the insane high I’m on will somehow translate into my posts. And yes, I said “get to”. Though my time on the trail is often an escape, a way to refresh – I love what I do and love talking about it. If you don’t already follow me and all that I do – I make jewelry and I paint and I support myself one hundred percent with the things that I create. It’s not always easy, but it is always, always rewarding. Here are some highlights from today and from my other social media accounts.
Just a few of the more delicate, straight-forward pieces in the ZacharyPryor line above – sent on twitter ( @zacharypryornyc ) for Chloe Lukasiac’s consideration.
Just a step away from the ever-busy Vista House
I always have to get a shot that I can freak my mother out with. This one is just above Horsetail falls.