“Clouds can dim the light of life,
But in return they can be the source of great enlightenment. ”
❤️ This image from November 2 Is fascinating to me. It’s such a mishmash! I took this at a local Schreiners wild animal farm near Lyle, Washington, with my phone.
I was on my way to The Dalles for a slideshow about a new book “Ever Wild” by Darryl Lloyd, with stories, photos, history in geology etc. about Mount Adams. I got distracted by a sunset.
On the way into the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, I had to stop for one more picture.
By the way, here is the cover of the beautiful new book, and if you click on it it will open the website about the book.
Backyard Baby And Mama Deer.
White Salmon, Washington sunset last week, lovely Mt. Hood in the distance across the mighty Columbia River in Oregon.
another recent sunset in Trout Lake, Washington
Amazing old fashioned grapes 🍇 at my brothers place, on their way to become canned grape juice. They smelled heavenly!
Aspen trees in Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, Washington.
Columbia River Gorge is finally getting good fall colors. I have really been noticing beautiful yellow Oak trees this year!
The green patch is part of Dickey’s Farm in Bingen, Washington.
A few recent shots to share with you from last weekend. This first one of the helicopter dipping in the turtle pond is during the recent Memaloose #2 Fire on the Oregon hills along the Columbia River between Mosier and Rowena. The fire was in mop up the last few days which has been a slow process because of the steep terrain and cliffs. Evacuations have all been dropped and the fire was knocked down.
By the way there’s no smoke in the picture because I’m looking south away from the fire.
I started out the morning on top of the world. At least that was the name of the aid station along the route of marathon set up by the Columbia Gorge running club. I had the pleasure of running radio communications at aid station two. My view included a glimpse to the north of Underwood Mountain in Washington state.
The Marathon started here:
On my way up the hill to my station it was misting/raining lately which was so refreshing after a long dry spell. Did not amount to much but it sure felt good. It also provided me with a rainbow. A great start to a beautiful day.
Here comes one of the runners through the aid station.
The end of the 50k
it really was the top of the world, and this is even on the way back down
This next image was taken After the race, Clear across the valley. Looking across the Hood River Valley towards the west and Binn Hill from Fir hill area on the east side of Hood River Valley.
Driving up over the hills and down the valleys to Mosier and upstate road I stopped and took the first photo of the helicopter picking up water. Along the way I stopped to take the photo of the tree because it grabbed my attention.
Here was the view of the backside of Memaloose #2 fire, although this iPhone shot doesn’t capture much. To the far right of the red circle there is smoke and a burned area that has come up over the hill from the north. Fortunately it did not spread much more than this.
After I watch the helicopter I drove back down to the freeway and up to the Dalles and back down to the Lyle rest area where I took a few more photos.
I visited the Klickitat River which is very murky from the glacial run off.
I even found a place to park out of the way somewhere and slept in my car because I knew I was too tired to drive home.
The next morning I stopped and grabbed a couple more shots from the Lyle rest area, happy to see that the fire across the river had calmed down considerably
I chatted with some tourists at the rest area and gave them plenty of information on my way to work at the Mt. Adams Chamber visitor center in White Salmon, Washington. Just doing my job!
Rotary Club of White Salmon-Bingen presents the first annual ‘It Takes A Village’ peace promotion and community awareness event on Tuesday September 11th from 3 – 7 pm at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon. This will be happening in conjunction with the Farmers Market.
We encourage you to bring your business to the Farmers Market for this date, as there will be additional draws bringing in a larger than normal crowd.
Would you like to help represent a country? We are seeking community members from diverse backgrounds to share their cultural foods, games and knowledge.
We are going to be seeking volunteers to help with setting up our tents and tables, as well as taking them down. Please let us know if you can assist.
Please contact one of the event coordinators for more details or to sign up!
Tammy Kaufman – 509-637-3340 / TamaraKaufman@gmail.com
Debi Budnick – DebiBudnick@skylinehospital.org
Tammara Tippel – 509-493-3630 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with Baby Comstock Funeral and Family expenses during this time.
On July 18, 2018, little four month old Finlee Andrew Comstock died unexpectedly and suddenly, leaving his parents Derek and Palace in total shock and grief, with no money for funeral or burial.
Through Generous donations , so far enough money has been raised to cover funeral costs. The donation request continues to help the family deal with lost wages etc. during this time.
Also an account has been setup at a local bank for those of you who do not like GoFundMe because of the fees they take out.
And for locals near Dallesport, WA, the local all volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner as a fundraiser. Little Finlee’s father Derek is a volunteer Firefighter in the Department in Dallesport. This will be Saturday, August 4, 5-9 PM
At the Dallesport Fire Department, 630 Central Blvd., Dallesport, WA, 98617
“What a joy it is
to feel the soft, springy
earth under my feet once more,
to follow grassy roads
to ferny brooks
where I can bathe my fingers
in a cataract of rippling
~ Helen Keller
Don’t be deceived by those lovely red bushes… Those are spring time poison oak. They certainly do make some lovely color this time of year! However it’s very difficult to walk around in the scrub oak savanna without rubbing against it.
My journey continue today after the previous post with a walk at Catherine Creek. It was truly so pleasant, and I took the opportunity to play in the grass quite frequently :-). I felt such a peaceful simple joy laying in the grass, in the sunshine.