Yesterday was our Portland Women's Forum meeting, my friend Sally's car has died so I offered to go pick her up, take her to the meeting and take her home afterwards. She lives between Vista House and Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. I stopped to snap a few photos of my beloved building. The East Wind has been gusting up to 90 mph!
This place is in Oregon, and across the way is Washington State, the Columbia River lies between the states and establishes the border.
The view east up the river.. Beacon Rock in the distance.
We went to the meeting in Portland and had a nice time, our program was about the Blue Star Markers. On the way to return Sally to her home she showed me how close the Eagle Creek Fire got to her home. The forest here is still alive but the trunks where all the underbrush burned are blackened. Can you imagine this when all of it was ablaze?
The US Forest Service has been working to cut trees that are in danger of falling over the road. When you drive through here there are blackened tree bases, newly cut stumps and the regular devastation of winter.
The Springtime here will be interesting to see if the ferns and wild bushes and flowers will come back.
I can't believe how close the fire came to Sally's house!
On my drive towards home I passed Latourell Falls.
Just past Vista House heading west I stopped to snap a photo of the icicles that form on this cliff face every time the temperature drops below freezing.
I worked at Vista House for 15 years as the Executive Director of the Friends of Vista House and passed these cliffs as I drove there each day.
You should see the ice here after many days of freezing weather, they can get quite thick and amazing.
I pulled down into the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint (our society's park!) and snapped this image of Vista House and the view up the river.
Last evening our son Travis made homemade macaroni and cheese for the family, which I can't share in due to my low carb regimen, so I heated up my cast iron grill pan and seared a beef tenderloin and roasted some asparagus and mushrooms. My son remarked that it didn't look like I was suffering much not being able to have the mac and cheese. :-)
I had to show you what I got at the White Elephant Sale at the meeting yesterday. Sally actually had brought these two pictures that she'd bought in Mexico when they wintered there for years long ago. They are made with real feathers!
I saw this metal sign on Amazon the other day so I got it to mount just outside our kitchen door. I thought it was fun.
I head off to swim today. What are you up to this fine day? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)