Roadtrip-Anc to Pdx! Old school friends, skiing, & the brew tour.

23 09 2010

Greg and I left town-a little late, on Greg time :)-it was a gorgeous fall day.  The colors were brilliant and the sun was shining-a rarity this summer. We had a great drive down-perfect weather, lots of black bears (although mostly at night), and only one casuality-I killed a bunny rabbit in the Yukon *tear*.

We managed to drive about 2600 +/- miles in 3 days…….

Long Lake, Alaska

Greg soaking in the autumn sunshine on the way to Glennallen.

Driving into the sunset near Tok.

Sunrise in the Yukon.

Cassiar Highway, British Columbia

Andres came down to Portland from Seattle to show me September skiing in the Northwest.  He was awesome & let me beat up his equipment on the rocks 🙂  First we headed to Mt. Hood in Oregon and hiked and skied at Timberline. The volcano moonscape of Mt. Hood was beautiful-and-so different from the snow and ice covered volcanoes I’m used to seeing in Alaska.

Andres with Mt. Hood

Andres & me.

Me with Mt. Hood in the background.

Andres headed down.

The next day we headed up to Mt. Adams. Another volcano, but completely different landscape.

There was still plenty of flowers out.

Ancient skier’s pueblo.

 

It was a beautiful, sunny hike up. Until, that is, we hit the upper Crescent Glacier. The clouds rolled in and left us with little visibility, cancelling our plans of skiing some chutes off the summit or the Manzama Glacier.  Also, like gorillas in the midst, some forest service rangers magically appeared and ticketed us for hiking above 7,000 ft. without a permit.  Seriously??? Apparently, it costs $15 to hike above 7,000 ft. in Washington & Oregon.  But since we didn’t get a permit (the ranger station so convienently located 35-45 minutes away), it was a $75 ticket.  I’ll stay in Alaska, where hiking is still free-thanks.  We ended up just skiing the Crescent which was mostly sunpocketed-a great difference from the groomed spring ski like run at the resort the day earlier. As soon as we started hiking down heavy rains soaked us reminding us we were in the Northwest.

Greg and I got to have dinner with Colleen & Jim at Montage-it was fabulous with interesting drinks to match! It was great to see them again!

Saturday Greg took me downtown Portland on the Max-a lightrail system that cruises around town.  We checked out a few Portland institutions- Powell’s, Pioneer Square, the Chinese Gardens, the Saturday Market, and attempted to go to Voodoo Donuts-but was unwilling to stand in line for 45 minutes for a donut-even if it was maple bacon.  It poured rain on us most of the day, but it was still fun walking around checking out the different sights.

       

Wendi and Greg at Walking Man Brewery.

My last day in Portland was a beautiful sunny day-perfect day for a brew tour!

I had a beautiful road trip, great time exploring and skiing the NW volcanoes, and most importantly, spending time with good friends!  It was a quick week, but great to be able to spend lots of time with Greg & his family, spend time in the mountains with Andres, and to hook up with Colleen & Jim, and Mike & Keri!








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