Angels Rest | Columbia Gorge Hike

This hike is a winding trail (#415) on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge that takes you up to great views. It starts at about river level and quickly climbs up through trees and then over boulders before rising to a bluff above the river.  From the top, you’ll get a spectacular 270 degree view of the Gorge, including many landmarks like Beacon Rock and Silver Star Mountain. -gorgefriends.org

Hiking in the Columbia Gorge is the number one thing I love about where I live. I love being able to get out of the city and be in nature and the beauty in the Gorge is for lack of better words – soothing to my soul. Today on Valentine’s day I got to experience this hike for the second time with my long time friend Tabitha, it was such a special day, full of reflection and admiration of God’s artistic and creative attributes.

Another achievement on this hike to the top of Angels Rest is that I finally go to see THE BENCH. This massive wooden bench was carried up to the top of Angels Rest by a loving husband who lost his young wife. I had the privilege of meeting Susan Hendricks husband, Jeff and their son while I was in my Dental Hygiene Program at Mt. Hood Community College.  Their story and the husband’s commitment to his wife’s memory was extremely moving. Although I had been up here before I wasn’t able to locate the bench, as we found out today it was not placed in an obvious spot, once you get to the top you must continue forward (past where the crowds stop to have their lunch) and take a left onto a narrow winding path. So glad my friend located it today, it provided us a perfect place for a snack and rest for our tired feet.

Hope you enjoy this collection of photos from our time out in nature.


New Year’s Celebration

Ringing in 2015 with family and friends at the Mitar house 2nd year in a row was a blast. I can’t believe our little one who is 3 was able to stay up past midnight, he had taken a nap from 5-8 pm so I guess that was the key to him being up, his older brother who did not nap was out in one of the bedrooms. All the kids had a blast playing together and so did the adults. There were some comical moments when we had a huge discussion over the pronunciation of a couple of words that sound the same in English and Romanian,  I’ll never think of the words noa, Noah and Noie the same ever again. Thanks to our friend Beni for the entertaining debate on that one. The kids I’m sure loved that there were so many adults at the ready to climb on and wrestle with and just be their personal indoor jungle gym as well as all the board games purchased just in time for this occasion.

The adults really enjoyed the game of Catch Phrase and especially the time spent going around talking about what we had hopped to accomplish in 2014 and actually did accomplish as well as what we looked forward to in 2015. We made sure to take some notes so that we can review them next year.  What a blessing to have loved ones near and create memories just like this, so very grateful.

Here’s to a wonderful 2015!






































Fall Minis | The Trifan Family

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Fall Minis | The Donnelly’s

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Fall Minis | The Bortes Family

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Fall Photos | Lukas Family 2012

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summer time and playgrounds…

I’ve had quite some time off and really enjoyed every minute of it, some things we’ve made sure to fit in is visiting friends and visiting parks and sometimes getting these two to coincide. My good friend has a lovely park near her home and not only is it brand new and in pristine condition but also quite unpopulated. So we really enjoy visiting it. The photo above is taken from the park looking down over a farm house and the neighborhood. I’ve been here only 2 times but each time this scene really catches my eye so it was only natural that I would want to capture it on film (CF card).

below: my oldest is looking up at me after climbing up on this rope structure… I’m telling him to stop shaking it because he was shaking me and I had the hardest time keeping my camera still. He finds it so hilarious that he is shaking his mom all over the place and that is how this photo came to be

bellow: this little dude is the son of one of  my oldest and dearest friends and since we were hanging out together and my camera was handy I just had to capture his sweetness again.

and since it’s already September 5th and fall is just around the bend, I will treasure each sunny day we have in the forecast because as I live in the NW Autumn for us means lots of clouds and showers.