Reflections on... Week 3.

Reflections on... Week 3.

Greetings from Cannon Beach, Oregon! While I'm currently on the coast heading north, Week Three of my trip was spent completely inland. Once I left Kassel in Portland, I backtracked east to spend a few nights in Mt. Hood National Forest. I wasn't planning on being there that week, but when I drove through the forest initially, I knew I wanted more time there. 

 Night One was spent at Trillium Lake!

Night One was spent at Trillium Lake!

 The next morning, I woke up and hiked the Tom Dick & Harry Trail. You can see Mirror Lake in this photo, with Mt. Hood looking glorious in the background. 

The next morning, I woke up and hiked the Tom Dick & Harry Trail. You can see Mirror Lake in this photo, with Mt. Hood looking glorious in the background. 

 From the top of the mountain! If you zoom in, you can see the following (left to right): Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood (the big one!), and Mt. Jefferson. I am so lucky that I did this hike on Tuesday - the following two days were rainy and foggy and I wouldn't have been able to see with such clear visibility. 

From the top of the mountain! If you zoom in, you can see the following (left to right): Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood (the big one!), and Mt. Jefferson. I am so lucky that I did this hike on Tuesday - the following two days were rainy and foggy and I wouldn't have been able to see with such clear visibility. 

 Mirror Lake! Pretty obvious why it got its name. 

Mirror Lake! Pretty obvious why it got its name. 

 That night, I backpacked to Lower Twin Lake Campground. I had no idea where I was going to sleep until around 5:30 PM that night, when I was at a brewery in town. The waitress told me that I needed to camp here, so off I went! Lucky it stays light so long - by the time I drove there and backpacked in, it was already about 8. 

That night, I backpacked to Lower Twin Lake Campground. I had no idea where I was going to sleep until around 5:30 PM that night, when I was at a brewery in town. The waitress told me that I needed to camp here, so off I went! Lucky it stays light so long - by the time I drove there and backpacked in, it was already about 8. 

 magical!

magical!

 the best part was that the hike to the campground was via the Pacific Crest Trail!

the best part was that the hike to the campground was via the Pacific Crest Trail!

 Eventually, I made it back to Portland! This time I stayed with Hayley at her brand-new apartment. Claire and Will came and hung out with us on Saturday. 

Eventually, I made it back to Portland! This time I stayed with Hayley at her brand-new apartment. Claire and Will came and hung out with us on Saturday. 

 Hayley's apartment! The map is so old, it was printed in "West Germany." 

Hayley's apartment! The map is so old, it was printed in "West Germany." 

I could stay in Portland forever, just wandering around and eating everything in sight. I had ice cream four days in a row and was so happy about that. This weekend was my last time in a "big city" until Seattle in mid-July! Looking forward to lots of long days spent near the ocean.

Week 4: The Northern Oregon Coast

Week 4: The Northern Oregon Coast

Reflections on... Week Two.

Reflections on... Week Two.