A hike in pictures of the Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock State Park.
It turns out that Cross Country skiing not only steals our breath and makes us sweat in 8-degree weather, it’s also loads of fun.
Yesterday, we skied up to Paulina Lake with a stopover at FROZEN Paulina Creek Falls (oh baby!) with our friend Tom, and our new friend John.
Thought we’d share some photos:
Okay, this was from December, but I love this photo. This was from our first XC skiing adventure at Virginia Meissner.
On to the Paulina adventure:
Let’s pose for a picture.
There we go. 🙂
John’s telling a good one outside of Tom’s cabin at Paulina Lake.
Skiing around the lake…
I took this video seconds before the wind stole my right glove and launched it up the slope, just out of a lunging snowboarder’s reach, and over the south face of Mount Bachelor. Maybe some little mountain critter will snuggle up in it tonight…
It was windy up there, and icy. But! It was our first trip to the summit this season.
And the rest of the mountain? – hardly a soul around, sun smiling, 10 inches of fresh powder. O happy day…
Spotted today on our Sunday walk in Shevlin Park. (did we spot it or it us?)
8 feet of snow in less than a week + sunny skies at Mt. Bachelor – (desire to work at a desk x 2) = impromptu ski day!
Yay! Big snow for us, finally. And yes, I turned 40 on the 16th – 40 in years anyway. (I made this in homage to the long-awaited snow)
At Shevlin Park, we walked familiar trails. Just a week ago the paths were frozen ground covered in whispy pine needle remains, now they’re blanketed in weightless crystals. We kicked up our heels, hopped like kangaroos, and dared to cross the bridge that Ody curiously would not. Welcome 40!
How better to celebrate your 40th than to set your heart pumping in a crazy beautiful place? Smith Rock is just over half-an-hour from home and the Misery Ridge hike is a favorite of ours. The ‘misery’ comes in the first half of the hike, then it’s lovely Monkey Face and views for miles.