My sister Denise and I volunteered at Multnomah Falls yesterday. I'm soooo glad I got a new jacket with a hood that deflects the rain and is lined with cozy fleece. It was a very rainy day, with bouts of heavy hail and pouring down precipitation! And now we have to park out in the middle of the freeway lanes and walk in to the lodge as the Historic Columbia River Highway is still closed due to rock fall and the removal of all the burned trees from the Eagle Creek Fire from last Autumn. I took my ripple blanket to work on and to be honest, I enjoyed the warmth it afforded me as I crocheted along. It's getting BIG, but I have quite a ways to go yet.
I actually started out with a plan to do the random colors but then my brain told me to do repeats, so that is what I'm doing. So, you can see the bottom is random and then the more ordered colors. This is the biggest blanket I've done and it's going to live by my easy chair and cover me when I'm chilly. I will probably move it around but this will be one of my treasures. I will do another one, though.. with pinks in it!
This pattern is wonderful and I'm so thankful for Lucy at Attic24 blog to have a CAL (crochet a long) which I joined. Of course, she's long done with hers and onto a pretty new one, but that's okay, I'm loving the process. She also selected the colors from her walks in the woods in the Autumn with colorful leaves, the greens of mosses and trees and the blues of the sky.
Multnomah Falls was ROARING and full, it was wet and rainy and misty and saturated. I was amazed at how many people still visited and walked the trek in from the parking lot. We met a tall adventurous woman named Jess from the San Francisco Bay area who told us of her hike of 500 miles, alone, on the Pacific Crest Trail. She was amazing and so thankful of the advice we gave her for her adventures in the gorge. We usually make a special connection while volunteering and it was Jess that day. :-)
They have opened up the viewing plaza finally but there is still fencing on the historic highway.
The kids are all heading to the beach for the weekend which will be fun. Dayle and I will be holding down the fort and taking care of the dogs and chickens. In 11 days Dayle and I are embarking on a trip on a ferry to Victoria BC to celebrate my birthday. We are staying in the Empress Hotel and will have High Tea there. I'm so excited! I'm off to swim soon, I hope you have a wonderful day.
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