"It was the oldest sound in the world. Souls flying away." The Secret Life of Bees

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pool of the Winds

Ben and I went on a beautiful hike today.  We planned on going yesterday, but we woke up to gray clouds, rain, and cold.  So, we ran errands and got some new curtains instead (more on that later).  I'm glad we decided to wait until today because it was absolutely perfect.  The sun was out, the sky was blue, and there was a cool breeze blowing!   

 We hiked to Pool of the Winds first.  This is such a cool spot.  I didn't get any great pictures of it, but here's the description, "A fissure in the bedrock forces a rush of water twenty feet down into a small, dark whirlpool within a cave-like enclosure. As the name implies, wind continually blows out of the cave - offering hikers a nice respite on a hot summer day."  It is wonderful to stand at the entrance and see the huge waterfall and feel the wind and water rushing out.  It you are in the area, I definitely recommend checking it out.

We continued to hike up Hamilton Mountain to the first overlook.  It is a fairly large elevation gain, but the views are worth it:)  

That's me!  I'm having a snack and taking it all in.
Ben pretends like he knows how to do yoga:)  See that tiny white peak in the background, just to the left of Ben?  That's Mount Hood.