Sarah and I have been having rather amazingly relaxing weekends – getting things done around the house, decompressing from the weeks, and trying to keep calm amid the swirling chaos of my new job and Sarah’s art fair deadlines.
For the most part, we’re doing well and staying sane.
But… it’s not easy, and sometimes what we need is an escape into the mountains. Or, in this case, the cliffs of the gorge.
This weekend was kind of rough, starting out… we knew that we wanted to go on some sort of adventure, but couldn’t decide what to do or where to go. The mountains of the Pacific Northwest had gotten hit pretty hard the previous week with snow, so all the major peaks were under avalanche warning – those weren’t an option. Long drives were possible… but we honestly couldn’t see ourselves sitting in the car for four hours after the craziness of the week.
We ended up cutting ourselves some slack, and taking it easy: The Columbia River Gorge is right in our back yard, after all, so why not take advantage of that? Especially when it’s being blanketed in a new coat of light snow!
We packed the night before, poured a thermos of coffee that morning, and drove in.
Honestly, there’s not much to say about the hike. It was simple, it was beautiful, and it was easy. It was, with all of those, exactly what we needed. A chance to get into the woods, to feel the wind and the snow, and to enjoy the stillness of the winter air. Or, the stillness of the air being broken by the sound of Ollie sprinting up and down the trail, loving every second of being able to play in the snow.
It was a good hike.