Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Hello amigos! I had a glorious time in Portland with my daughter. What a good sport she was, driving me from the mountains to the high desert to Washington State! We both added many new birds to our life list, as well as other wildlife such as ELK! While we had some rain to contend with, it didn't interfere with anything we set out to do. Bertha managed to capture 953 images, so it may take a while to get my act together as far as sharing some of them on my blog. Don't worry, I will not be bombarding you with photos!

The image below was taken with my iPhone and is one of my favorites. This was from our first hiking expedition at Smith Rock. Nestled between the towns of Redmond and Terrebonne in Central Oregon, it is considered the birthplace of sport climbing, with over 1000 climbing routes of all difficulty levels. We meandered along Crooked River, the easiest of the hiking routes. Smith Rock reminded me of the Grand Canyon and is simply spectacular. I am so glad we ignored the weather forecast. Although it rained that morning, by the time we arrived at our destination, the sun made its appearance and blue skies smiled down on us. I felt very blessed.

Please stay tuned for more stories and images. I promise to catch up and see what you've all been up to as soon as I get my shower and a load of laundry in. Hope everyone has been well!

37 comments:

Gone Country said...

Simply breathtaking! I cannot believe that stunning photo was taken with an iPhone... Simply gorgeous!

And the terrain... beautiful! Hubby & I are considering retiring in Oregon hopefully on a small farm so I can't wait to see your images and read your stories.

So glad you had a good time and safe travels.

Kerry said...

The Smith Rock area is spectacular, isn't it? Just look at that gorgeous pic from your phone! I so look forward to seeing my state through your eyes.

Linda said...

What a beautiful picture you captured with your iPhone! And what beautiful hike that must have been. A little better than your Mississippi hike, eh?

hootnonny said...

Stunning image. Think I'll trade my Nikon in on an iPhone!

Glad you had a wonderful visit with your daughter.

TexWisGirl said...

gosh, that's gorgeous! glad you had a good time and made it home safely, too!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

WOW GAIL! GORGEOUS! It looks so perfect and majestic. You did a great job with your iphone? OMyGosh! AMAZING, YOU ARE.

Thank you for your wonderful comments and compliments! You are so nice to little ol' me. (hug)

Carletta said...

STUNNING iPhone shot!
Looking forward to seeing the rest of the story. :)
Welcome Back!

Rosie Grey said...

Wow, what a fantastic shot, Gail, simply stunning! I'm glad you had a great time and I can't wait to see you photos! Have a wonderful week!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is a gorgeous image. Looking forward to seeing more pictures.

Jori said...

I love mother daughter trips! My mom will be here for the entire month of July, and I can't wait!! She likes to take pictures as much as I do. :) So happy you had a great time with your daughter, can't wait to see more of your pics, they are always gorgeous!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Perfect! Love the reflection.

Karen said...

Very beautiful photo and place. Glad to have you back.

Barbara Shallue said...

What a gorgeous photo!! You are definitely better with your phone than I am with mine! Glad you had such a great trip. Can't wait to see Bertha's photos!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a beautiful scene. Lovely landscape shot. I would love to see more of your Oregon photos and hear more about your trip!

Barb Brookbank said...

Spectacular shot!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! That's a lot of pics!

Patrice said...

Gorgeous photo - glad you had a good trip!

Tricia Hays said...

ohhh, very beautiful =)

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful! Glad you had a good trip. Show more soon.

Evelyn S. said...

My husband and I went to Smith Rock last year ...for the first time! We went to visit the Cant Ranch (the remaining Cants live here in Union County).... You came from the other direction. Fabulous photo, Gail...and I'm glad you got to visit some of the country.

Pam ;) said...

Glad you had a good time with your daughter.
Awesome capture Gail- especially for an iphone.
I love this magnificent view of Smith Rock.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Wow. What a beautiful place!

ladyfi said...

Wow - that's a superb shot. So glad you're having a great time.

rainfield61 said...

This is such a beautiful place.

Stephanie said...

Oh Gail, what an incredible picture! Have a great day :)

Love and hugs!

Shug said...

First things first...So glad you had a wonderful time. Glad you're back.
I have been waiting to see the many photos that you were bringing back to us. I must say, I am impressed with this first picture. Beautiful country...absolutely gorgeous. I see nothing but complete Peace all over this photo.
Excited to see the rest..
Shug

Cindy said...

What a beautiful place. Can't wait to see your photos.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

hahahaha, is your next post going to be titled: 952? You are such a kick. You have shoes like those? Yay for you. Are yours as comfy as mine? Mine are so righteously comfy that I think gals think I am lying. Nope they are soooooooo comfortable! I'm going shopping with my ydd in about a couple of hours and then back to blogging!

Mitzi said...

what a beautiful spot...I could stay there for a bit. Glad you had a wonderful trip and look forward to hearing more...big hugs,xoxo

Daniel LaFrance said...

I am amazed in the quality of the photo from your phone.

Impressive site too!

Willow said...

SO glad you had a wondeful trip FANTASTIC PHOTO !!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Glad you had fun! You got to see some different aspects of Oregon ...it's been quite a while since we've been to Smith Rock. Beautiful picture ...hard to believe it's with your phone, wow!

Look forward to more.

Tricia said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful place! What a great photo!

Rambling Woods said...

Glad you had a good time..... Michelle

Chatty Crone said...

Wow what a great shot from your phone (?) - the sky and the clouds were beautiful. sandie

Stewart M said...

That does look like splendid slab of rock - but its not enough for me to dust of the rock boots, I think that time may have passed.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

EG CameraGirl said...

Spectacular view!