Smith Rock State Park

Last visit to the park for awhile , and I am going to miss it . I’ve explored parts I hadn’t seen in years , and got to know the terrain really well . Not the rock climbing terrain , although I met a ton of really nice climbers , I had my feet on solid ground .

It closes at sunset , but there were climbers hiking out with headlamps , so I wasn’t entirely alone . The geese and ducks were really vocal and it echoed in the stillness.

Pure bliss .

Santiam Pass in the snow

This winter has been a non-event in terms of snow , such a bummer . Only snow-shoed twice , hiking easier in boots . They say we have a 92% snowpack in the mountains , so that’s good for the amount of water we need the rest of the year . I’d still like a foot or two in town !

Smith Rock State Park hike

I spent the day digging for a septic tank lid, so I really needed a good hike . Waffles had waited patiently for “let’s go!”

Beautiful time of day – the color on the rocks just glowed . Across the river , one guy went up Misery Ridge . 2 climbers were on the Monument . The geese were very quiet . The peace I needed .