Nothing a Little Matte Black Paint Can't Fix

Before, During, and After:

Several pieces that I made in my ceramics class came out with really sad glaze results.  Two of them that I couldn't bear the sight of - a funny little ring catcher and a small bowl - got matte black spray paint treatment last night.  Much better.


Proof I Took a Ceramics Class

Lots of bowls on our counter currently.
I wasn't good at cups and mugs.
I'll work on those next time.


Indian Heaven Wilderness

The evening, above.
The morning, below.

Another amazing weekend with Barry: steep climbs, views galore, a pretty sunset, a dramatic sunrise, sweet huckleberries lining the trail, and beautiful lakes where we stopped to rest.  Summer may be ending soon, but our backpacking season will not.  We're taking this weekend to find gear suited for cold weather trips.  There's so much more to see!


Good Pair

Barry and I celebrated our 13 year wedding anniversary a few weeks ago in a low-key way, hiking in to a quiet spot on a river and lounging around together all day.  We usually like to do something "bigger," but we've been having such an awesome summer full of adventures that it kind of feels like we've been celebrating the entire season long.  A lot of the fun we've been having is due to our backpacking trips... trips I never would have taken if it hadn't been for Barry's influence and his know-how. I'm so glad he introduced me to backpacking - it's just one of countless ways in which Barry makes my life richer and makes me a better person.  He's my best friend.  And the best, period.


Friends of the Children... Last Call for Now

Until Monday, September 8th, all sulu-design etsy shop sales will be donated to Portland's Friends of the Children.  That's one hundred percent of each purchase!  Help me support an amazing organization and clear out those sale items while I work on new pieces for Fall.  Speaking of new pieces, a fresh late summer collection is available at betsy & iya now.


Yocum Ridge

An 8 mile hike with a stop at Ramona Falls, lots of elevation gain, spectacular views of the peak of Mount Hood and the Cascade Range, wild flowers galore, a breath-taking sunset, not a soul in sight, lots of coffee, and 8 miles back... all just an hour's drive from Portland.  Our latest backpacking adventure took us to Yocum Ridge and it was awesome.

(Barry's backpack is the little red dot in the right hand side of the second photo.)


Campylovacter and the Super Moon

When I mentioned that Barry and I weren't feeling well last week, I thought we were on the healing end of what was just a bad weekend.  I had no idea how much worse things were going to get.  Barry and I both dealt with fevers, aches and pains, and extremely upset stomachs for several days.  After I found myself writhing on the floor in fetal position and in tears due to insane abdominal pain, my doctor ordered a CT scan.  Apparently my insides did not look good.  The tech who read the results asked my doctor if I'd been to Africa recently.  Um, no.  But another test revealed that a nasty bacterial infection was wreaking havoc on my intestines.  Barry's, too.  A week of misery and a round of antibiotics later, we finally felt human again.  Having lost one weekend to illness, we were more determined than ever to have a wonderful weekend.  After shaking the campylovacter bug and with a super moon falling on our days off, we decided that a backpacking trip to Mount St. Helens was in order.



We hiked up to the Plains of Abraham for an unobstructed view of the moon, watched it rise over the practically treeless landscape, and slept nearby on the pumice deposits.  It was my first camping experience without a tent, sleeping in the open air under the stars, and it was spectacular.  The temperature was just right, the sky was stunning, and aside from two guys on mountain bikes, we had the scenery all to ourselves.  It was perfect.  Campylovacter be damned!  We're back and determined to backpack the hell out of the rest of this summer.