Friday, October 14, 2016

Columbia River Gorgeous: Ponytail Falls

One of my favorite little hikes in the Columbia River Gorge is the hike from Horsetail Falls to Ponytail Falls and the scenic overlook. It's perfect if you don't have much time (or hiking experience) but you want to see more of the Gorge than just the waterfall pit stops by the road. After viewing Horsetail Falls, you take the trail to the left of the falls and hike up a series of switchbacks--no shame in having to stop and catch your breath! Make sure to turn around once in a while, too--you can get gorgeous glimpses of the river through the trees, and it's rather rewarding to see how high you've climbed! 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Creative Chat: Layne Eckhardt

Hey hey! Believe it or not, September is already at an end, and that can only mean one thing: time for another Creative Chat! I've been looking forward to interviewing my good friend Layne for a long time--I even snapped some photos of her in preparation when I visited this summer. Layne is an incredibly talented fiber artist who specializes in macrame. I have one of her gorgeous pieces hanging in my home, and wrote about it here back in June. I loved watching her work during my visit, and I came away with a million questions about macrame. I picked a few to ask her for the interview, but if there's anything you're wondering about that doesn't get answered, feel free to ask below in the comments! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Columbia River Gorgeous: Horsetail Falls

If I had to be stuck in one single spot in the United States for the rest of my life, you can bet your begonias that it would be the Columbia River Gorge. My friend Don took me here during my first trip to Oregon when I was in grad school, and I absolutely fell in love with it. So when Layne asked if I would be up for a day trip to Portland, since she hadn't had the chance to explore it yet, I jumped at the chance to show her the city--and the Gorge.  For one day, we switched our tourist-and-tour-guide roles! 

There's no way I could condense our visit to the Gorge into a single blog post--even though we were only there for a few hours--because I love it that much, so I decided to break it down into it's own series. Since we didn't have much time, we decided to stick mostly to the waterfalls that were close to the scenic highway and the Vista House at Crown Point (another blog post!), but the one exception was the short hike that started at Horsetail Falls.

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