I went to Portland (and Woodburn) for work last week. Jasper volunteered to be my navigator. I thought most navigators stayed awake during the drive, but apparently Jasper was tired from the hike up Granite Mountain the previous night.
Somehow I managed to find all three of my sites and got my work done relatively early, so we headed down the gorge for a familiar hike: Angels Rest. We had hiked this while in Vancouver at Christmas from 2006 through 2009. Last year the family ventured north, so we broke with tradition.
It was windy as we left the trailhead. It’s always windy in the gorge. Unless it gets gusty. I managed to keep my hat on as we headed into the forest, and we made good time up the first bit of trail past Coopey Falls. We saw lots of other people and dogs on their way out, and I hoped to have the summit area for myself. Well, Jasper too. after 60 whole minutes of hiking (with a few photo breaks), we stopped at the summit. Deciding that the wind wasn’t conducive for a break, we descended partway to a sheltered spot where we still had a view looking down the Columbia River. We ate and drank a little as I called Dani to check in.
Eventually we headed back down. I thought we might catch the sunset from near the top, but it wasn’t even 3:30, and sunset was still over an hour away. We did stop by grandma’s house on the way back. Jasper was excited to see her, and I think she was happy to see him too.
Tradition continued, if a few weeks late. A few more photos here: Angels Rest; February 2, 2011