Monday, August 16, 2010

Stitching and Knitting on the Road

Last week we visited two National Parks in two different states! We had a grand time exploring a bit of Oregon.

First we went to Mount Hood which was only accessible with chains when we were near there in May. (That was after spending the night in Portland and having breakfast at one of our favorite spots.) We drove to Timberline, an interesting lodge built in the thirties, and also hiked to Mirror Lake which has great views of the mountain.
View from Timberline

Mirror Lake

We were so happy to have some sunshine because every other time we've been to this area, Mount Hood has be totally hidden by clouds. It was even sunny on the trail!

Next we headed for Roseburg, determined to see Crater Lake sans snow. We stopped to see a few waterfalls on the way.

Isn't this an interesting trail? We didn't go any further......

Crater Lake is so beautiful. Can you believe that it is nearly 2000 feet deep?

Of course, no trip would be complete without a stop to look for yarn. We found the Twisted shop in the Portland area, and right next door we saw this amazing bonsai in front of a Japanese restaurant. (And yes, I got some yarn.)

Lots of knitting happened in the car while Dick was driving, but I can't share it until after Wednesday which is Sophia's birthday. In the evening I worked on the letter "V" of the Christmas Sampler. It's done except for the outlining. That was one detailed letter!

Since this post is getting awfully long, I will save our visit to Mount Rainier yesterday for another post.


Plays with Needles said...

I love that you're always out hiking. It's one of my favorite things to do...I'm struck by the uniform regularity of the conifers in the Mirror Lake picture (which is gorgeous!)...what types of trees are they?

Kathy A. said...

Gorgeous views!!!
Great stitching on your Christmas sampler.

Kathy... said...

Totally our kind of vacation!!!

The Christmas sampler makes me remember those advent calenders waiting for my attention.....yikes!

Linda said...

Such a beautiful place. I heard there is always a cloud covering up there. Your Christmas sampler is coming along beautifully!

Janet said...

I always enjoy your travel photos. Very nice progress on your Christmas Sampler.

Lynn said...

Some of your picures are just breathtaking! Thanks for sharing.
That letter V would be perfect to do for my DH. He's an organist and choir director and voices are his specialty. Lovely stitching!

Dee said...

I love that little skinny bridge! The trail looked like a very nice place to hike.

One of these days I really need to get out to the Pacific Northwest. It looks BEAUTIFUL!

natalyK said...

I visited Crater lake with my family and loved it!! Words can't express how beautiful it actually is. I loved exploring Oregon. There are so many different things to see in one state it was amazing.

Deborah said...

Just found your blog and loved it. Your header is my favorite bush! Have never been to Oregon but yoour pictures make me want to go.