out of the woods and into the light (cheesy title!)
Today was another absolutely gorgeous day in Hood River! When the weather is nice here, you can't beat this place. It's so refreshing and just makes you feel so alive... and struck with guilt if your inside working on a computer. I tried to sit at the computer and edit photos but that lasted about 10 minutes, all I could think about was going outside and exploring on my dirtbike. So yes, I ditched work and went out and played... 3rd day in a row. I've been staying up till 4AM to make up for it though. Living like a bachelor till Bethany gets back from Santa Barbara, tomorrow!
I was riding in a kinda new area today, the east hills. It's a bit further from home (10 minutes instead of 5) so I ride here less often, but the trails seem to be a bit better and more challenging. Anyway I was cruising along a trail through these gorgeous fields of wildflowers that were all different colors, then the trail led deep into the forest. Like, really deep! The trees were huge and thick, not letting any light through. It was so dark that my headlight was actually lighting the way for me, and it wasn't even close to dark or even sunset yet. So cruising along, climbing some big hills in the trees, then I see a clearing coming up... well, quite the clearing it was! I came out of the trees and was at the top of a mountain (I think the Mt. bikers call it "Puke Point" because the hill climbs are so gnarley), greeted by this incredible view of Hood River Valley, Mt Hood, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Defiance, and even Mount Rainier in the distance. INCREDIBLE!!!
This is a pic of the forest, not the super thick part, so light was getting through here and it made a good photo.
This is me, dirtbike, and Mount Hood on top of Puke Point. I look huge and awkward because I wear a chest protector under my shirt.
This is Mt. Saint Helens at sunset... beautiful.
Lots more pics to share later, but it's 2:30AM and I have a really busy day tomorrow!