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Where Angels Do Not Fear to Tread

May 30, 2009

A perfect day in early May – sunny and not too warm – gave us the chance to go hiking in the Columbia Gorge. We picked a close spot, just off I-84 a few miles east of Portland: Angel’s Rest.

Atop Angel's Rest

Looking east, atop Angel's Rest

This is by no means a grueling hike; it’s only 2.3 miles (one way) and, while all of that is uphill, it’s not too steep.

Don’t expect solitude… its proximity to Portland, ease of parking and the relative ease of the trail itself invite casual hikers. There were lots of kids and dogs on the trail when we went, as well as a few other creatures:

Garter snake pose

Garter snake pose

This small garter snake posed for me for several long seconds. As usual, I took some flower pictures, too:
Purple trillium

Purple trillium

My son found this deep purple trillium in a secluded spot at the top of Angel’s Rest.

And one last shot for the road… Bare tree branches advance with the clouds:

Bare Branches

Bare Branches

2 Comments leave one →
  1. anhidonia permalink
    June 2, 2009 6:09 pm

    Very nice – I especially like the portrait of the snake

    • June 2, 2009 10:41 pm

      Oh, that guy was a little ham! That’s actually the third and (imho) best shot I was able to take before we parted ways…

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