Carin Basin and Elk Cove

Autumn's colors were in full effect last weekend while we backpacked on Mount Hood.  I went a little camera crazy.  We're spending this weekend at home.  We're supposed to get rain, and I need to a couple days to get myself back in order after a summerful of weekends away.


Before We Head Out for This Weekend's Adventure...

I should show you the most recent one.  Last weekend we went back to Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington for what turned out to be two spectacular nights.  Our hike out on day one was hot and sunny.  It turned from Summer to Fall overnight, both on the calendar and weather-wise.  We camped at a spot where we watched the Summer sun set over the Cascades in the evening.  And the following morning we had views of clouds that had settled into the valley below us that looked like lakes nestled in among the peaks.  We hiked up Old Snowy Mountain, saw storms and rainbows in the distance, and made our way to Goat Lake for our second night.  It was as breath-taking as I'd remembered it from last summer.

I promise that this space won't turn into a backpacking journal (at least not solely a backpacking journal).  We're heading back to Mount Hood today, and I'm sure you'll hear about that, but jewelry will follow soon enough.


I'm Becoming the Old Cat Lady of Houseplants

Barry traveled for work-related events a lot this summer.  When I had the place to myself, I did a lot of the usual: jewelry-making, closet clean-outs, apartment rearranging.  But this summer, I added another me-time activity to my list: obsessive doting on our houseplants.  I've spent a lot of time arranging them, observing them, and rearranging them so that each gets the best sun exposure possible.  I've been more closely monitoring their water needs than ever before.  I've been fussing with leaves, noting new growth, doing a bit of pruning.  And I've been trying to propagate new plants from the ones we've got.  I kinda want a jungle up in here.


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!