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[photos] Flowers of Twin Peaks

Walked up Twin Peaks this morning while was at yoga. I normally do this walk around 4 am, so I brought the camera to see what I could see in daylight. There was a heavy fog (for than San Francisco value of “fog” which seems to include low-flying clouds at various altitudes) so I got no look at the usual vistas up there, but the flowers were certainly in.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

[photos] Hiking Dog Mountain

This morning, and I set out to hike Dog Mountain, on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. The wildflowers are just starting to come in over there, and we hoped to see some nature.

Unfortunately, what we mostly saw was chilly overcast and winds of 30-40 mph howling through the trees. We walked about 90 minutes up, but the steep trail and lousy conditions were discouraging, so we turned back without summiting. Still, it was a great walk with some lovely scenery.

The trail and some views.

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Mount Defiance, on the Oregon side.

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Looking west along the Columbia Gorge, Wind Mountain to the right.

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More of the trail at this Flickr set

Some flowers and trees.

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More flowers at this Flickr set

[personal|photos] A party, the Child makes flowers

hosted a lovely going away party for the China gang. (That would be , Mother of the Child, my mom and dad, and me.) Others attended, including AH, EH, , bf of , the Niece, the Niece’s dad, and the Niece’s dad’s gf. Ain’t modern life grand? It was a wonderful time, with a cheese course, homemade pizza and cobbler.

Didn’t have either of the good cameras with me, but here’s a couple of phone cam shots of the flowers that made in an idle moment in the kitchen.

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