Portland's Great Snowpocalypse of 2017

To say Portland is ill-prepared for snow is an understatement. There is a collective panic, the city shuts down and everyone works from home in their pajamas (if they're lucky). This year, it was especially interesting. Usually when the news predicts 1-3 inches, there is maybe .5", and it melts a day later. No big deal. But, I don't remember having seen this much snow in years. By the time I woke up in the morning there was close to a foot. 

I had to borrow a shovel to clear the sidewalk. The hot water pipes in our house froze because I forgot to leave the taps dripping. Pretty much failing at winter over here. Amateur, I tell you! I know you Midwesterners are laughing at me right now. 

This is nothing compared to other parts of the country, but it is uncommon for us. For a few days, our little city looked like a completely different place, and I for one, enjoyed the hell out of it. The snow is melting as I type this, so I post these photos here in memorandum. Also, because I don't want to bombard my instagram followers with any more snow photos (sorry).

R.I.P. great snowstorm of 2017. I'll miss you.

 My backyard.

My backyard.

 No birds please.

No birds please.

 The food cart pod on 52nd and Foster. I went here hoping they would feed me, but nope.

The food cart pod on 52nd and Foster. I went here hoping they would feed me, but nope.

 Someone really needed to workout.

Someone really needed to workout.

The end.

Winter Projects

When you've had too much coffee and are waiting on client feedback and you want to go for a walk outside, but it's too cold... you start organizing drawers in the kitchen.

Before

After

Inktober 2015

I did 30 days of ink drawings for the month of October, one each day (I missed Oct. 1). It was definitely a struggle some days. Especially when its been a particularly long day, I'm curled up in pajamas, ready for bed and then I realize, "oh shit," I have do draw something!

However, I am glad I did it. It was interesting to see my style change somewhat as I went a long. Here is the result! Take a look.

Lava Canyon Hike

After three days of being stuck inside with a migraine, when I woke up the following morning pain-free, I knew I had to get outside and celebrate! I decided to go to Lava Canyon in Mount St. Helens National Park and I went solo, as it was a Monday.

When you enter the canyon, you are greeted with friendly signs like this...

Comforting right? But I pushed on. The Canyon is beautiful. You will pass by incredible rock formations carved out by the last eruption in 1980, waterfalls, mossy streams, a suspension bridge, a descent down a 40 foot metal ladder and steep cliffs. And yeah, they weren't kidding about those. I am not afraid of heights and at one point I exclaimed, "are you f*#@!ing kidding me?," OUT LOUD...  to myself. This happened when I came around a bend after being on what I thought was a narrow trail and saw a narrower trail covered only with loose dirt and gravel, no rails and a steep drop to the right. But, not one to be deterred by a challenge, I kept going. Don't look down... Don't. Look. Down.

If you keep going, you will be rewarded with some great views and interesting changes in terrain.

The whole hike is about 6 miles (out and back) and about 1.5 hours from Portland. Totally doable for the occasional hiker. The best thing about this hike is the variety. I tend to get bored easily and there were never a shortage of surprises at this location. I didn't find the hike as strenuous as my guidebook said, but it was still a good workout. The most challenging part was mental.

My advice: 

• Wear shoes with good traction.
• Do not attempt this hike with dogs or small children, if you are hungover or afraid of heights. Other than that, you should be fine.
• Stay on the trail (as the millions of signs tell you)!!
• Don't fall off the cliffs, you will probably die.
 

It's been a busy year!

Here are some photos from travels I was lucky enough to take over the past year.

 Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia, WA   |  April 2015

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia, WA   |  April 2015

 Austin, TX  |  February 2015

Austin, TX  |  February 2015

I finally made it to one of my 'bucket list' places... New Orleans! It was just as magical, moody and soulful as I had imagined. I arrived during the tail end of Mardi Gras, which was full of erupting, contagious energy, beautiful costumes, dance parties in the street and AMAZING food and music! It is hard for me to even put into words. I stayed past the end, into the peaceful lull that follows. It was nice to experience both... though my introverted self kind of prefers the latter.

 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA  |  February 2015

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA  |  February 2015

 French Quarter, New Orleans, LA  |  February 2015

French Quarter, New Orleans, LA  |  February 2015

 New Orleans, LA  |  February 2015

New Orleans, LA  |  February 2015

 Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA  |  December 2014

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA  |  December 2014

Interesting... not sure what goes on here.

  Drummond, MT  |  September 2014

Drummond, MT  |  September 2014

 An eccentric man named Kermit, Missoula, MT  |  September 2014

An eccentric man named Kermit, Missoula, MT  |  September 2014

 Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone, WY  |  September 2014

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone, WY  |  September 2014

 Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone, WY  |  September 2014

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone, WY  |  September 2014

 Buffalo, Yellowstone, WY  |  September 2014

Buffalo, Yellowstone, WY  |  September 2014

Jackson, Wyoming and the surrounding area is probably one of the most strikingly beautiful places I have ever been.

 Jackson, WY  |  September 2014

Jackson, WY  |  September 2014

 Jackson, WY  |  September 2014

Jackson, WY  |  September 2014

 Snake River, WY  |  September 2014

Snake River, WY  |  September 2014

 San Juan Island, WA  |  Septmember 2014

San Juan Island, WA  |  Septmember 2014

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