Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mt. Hood Timberline Trail - Day 3

Finally here are the photos from Day 3 of our Timberline Trail adventure! First are pro camera pics then the snapshot pics.

We woke in the morning and these amazing clouds were swirling around Mt. Hood's edge-

Our first view of Hood River Valley... home!

Coe Glacier viewed from Elk Cove-

Indian Paintbrush wildflower-

Western Pasque flower, aka "Old Man of the Mountains" or "Hippy on a stick"


One of the more difficult gnarley river crossings-

Lindsey didn't end up walking across those wet slippery logs. If she did, this would definitely be the last living photo of her-

I walked through it really slowly and hoped I didn't loose my footing-

Little side trip off the main trail led to this view of Hood and glacier melt-


It also led to this awesome huge chunk of glacier snow with a waterfall emptying into it, and water flowing in a cave underneath the snow.

Of course I couldn't just settle for seeing the outside, so I found an opening to crawl though and go inside. Super sweet!!! I brought my tripod so I could do some longer exposures. This one is looking out of the cave-

And looking into the cave, bottom of the waterfall is at that opening-

Cloud Cap Inn-

Dinnertime and campfire-

Colin concentrating on his "sticky fire" on the top so his calzone cooked on both sides-

This is Mt. Saint Helens about an hour after sunset. The sky was basically dark and this is ISO 100, f/4 @ 5 minutes to get enough exposure! Love the whispy clouds and vibrant twilight colors! One of my favorite photos of the trip.

Another long exposure of stars and clouds. Mt Saint Helens and Mt. Adams are visible-

20 minute exposure of Mt. Hood and stars-


Now for the snapshots from day 3-
Kristin and Lindsey, perfect timing for awkward looks on their faces-

Getting into that brushing action-

Kristin got stuck in this position and had to get help to move, haha

Lunch!

This part of the trail had recently been hit with a windstorm so big I can't even imagine! Just about every tree was laid down in the same direction on this whole ridge-


This is the Eliot Creek Crossing which normally has a bridge, but it was washed out in 2006 by flooding. The trail (see it on the other side?) is closed and totally impassable, so you have to take a detour and hike up the mountain a way, then slide down the steep canyon. Pics coming from that on day 4.

Look very closely and there is 2 people and a dog traversing up this steep slope (we got to look forward to that the next day)-

Colin and Kristin about to devour their perfectly cooked calzones-

Colin mid-action eating pic-

Some kind of pizza thing he was excited about-

I call this my cheesy chunky-


Day 4 images are great too... they'll be posted when I get some time! :)

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