into the woods


I've been so looking forward to getting back into the woods.  Saturday it was pouring rain, which made for just the kind of magical misty forest hike with my boys I've been dreaming of.  We think these trails at Silver Falls are more beautiful in fall and winter than any other time of year.  If you can get there in the next couple of weeks before all the leaves  You will carry the experience with you for months. 



Thor and I road tripped to Walla Walla this past weekend.  Not only is it an area where so much family lives - I can see my parents, sister and brother-in-law, nephews and their families, aunts and uncles - it's a place I find incredibly beautiful.  And, the drive through the Columbia River Gorge is a visual feast every single time.  Win, win, win. 

clouds at last


The clouds are back, and I must say I've kind of missed them.  Yesterday none of us were feeling that great yet wanting to get out of the house.  We drove to Silverton for brunch and then took a quick spin through The Oregon Garden for a few minutes with Frank Lloyd Wright.  I snapped some pictures out the car window on the drive - the sky was so beautiful and dramatic.  I found myself wishing for a good storm to start brewing.  Soon enough, I'm sure....

we live here



"We live here."  I say this so often to my husband, whether we are at the coast, in the forest, driving through the country, walking around downtown Salem, and even when we are simply sitting on our back patio together.  I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.  

These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago, on the first day of fall.  We went hiking, fishing, picture-taking, and picnicking, and passed through three beautiful forests while doing so - Santiam State Forest, Willamette National Forest, and, after taking a couple of side roads, somehow found ourselves in the Mt. Hood National Forest. I ♥ Oregon. 
by mlekoshi