Yes! I am still alive, and still journeying.
Currently in Eastern Idaho, I went snowboarding today at Grand Targhee in
Wyoming. But for now I'll pick up where I left off back in February....
The scarcity of good luck was finally put to rest
as I rolled into Portland on a sunny (Sunny!!!) Monday, Feb 11th. I went
for a run and got ready to head up to Mt Hood the next day. The weather
forecast was for clear skies and warm weather all week, so no fears of
freezing car parts stranding me on the mountain again. Snowboarded
Tuesday and Wednesday on Hood, had an great time. Great weather, great
snow, no one on the slopes. They have a great terrain park, in fact two
of them, a smaller one for warming up, and a bigger one. After a few
runs hitting jumps on the smaller one I moved onto the bigger one, not without
a little trepidation. But after nailing the first jump I got a little
confidence and spent the rest of the day in the park hitting jumps. It
was so addictive I went back and did the same thing the next day.
Here are few pictures of and from Mt Hood....
Expected good weather in Bend was drawing me
towards Mt Bachelor, so Wednesday night I got on the road. I had
been hoping to get a good picture of Mt Hood and had pretty much given up
hope, when I saw the scene below in my side mirrors and stopped to take a few
pictures. I'm hoping the slides come out, this shot doesn't really
capture what it looked like.
The weather in Bend Oregon was as expected,
perfect. I had two amazing days snowboarding Mt Bachelor, which you can
see in the picture below, about a third of the way in on the right. Took
my first shower at a truck stop, was actually pretty nice, a lot better than
at most campgrounds I have been to. Generally had a good time in Bend,
just a great town to hang out in.
For those of you who like the trivia portions of
these missives, here you go....
Name one or both of the common names
for the ancient capital of Persia (located East of Shiraz Iran) that was
burned to the ground by Alexander the Great on his march towards Asia.
Bonus: Name the Welsh explorer whose
name I saw carved into one of the ruins in the question above (hint: He
found Dr. Livingstone)