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Home in Pennsylvania

For those who didn't know, I relocated to Pennsylvania a little over a month ago after living in Portland, Oregon for four years. The move was very bittersweet; I didn't want to leave Oregon, but I also felt that I needed to move back to my home in Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. I am now living in south central Pennsylvania, in the small town of Mount Wolf where I grew up. (Coincidentally, it is also the hometown where our new governor, Tom Wolf, lives.) It has been nice to live close to my family for the first time in over 20 years, though it's a bit of a culture shock living in this part of Pennsylvania.

Admittedly, I'm not feeling as photographically inspired with the landscapes here as I was in the Pacific Northwest....where every corner was a magical paradise and you expected to see rainbows and unicorns. Perhaps I will eventually find my kick again...or perhaps a new niche. I have ventured out a few times now when there has been "weather". We have had two snowfalls and a number of foggy days (I always love fog!). 

While I have not been doing too much photography, I have been painting with watercolors again and doing quite a bit of knitting. 

Anyway, we had the largest snowfall of the season last night so I ventured out for a little drive today to capture some photos. One is featured above.

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Lewis River

Lewis River, Washington.

Lewis River, Washington.

I haven't posted much in recent months.  I've had a lot going on in my life.  A lot of mostly not-so-good stuff.  But things are looking up....sort of.  A little green from the forest always helps the spirit!  And spring has sprung in Portland.  A few weeks ago, actually.  I take daily walks around my neighborhood.  Or a hike somewhere.  This past weekend I explored more areas around the Lewis River in southwestern Washington state.  It was ethereal with the moss and the haze from a light rain.

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Ghost Trees

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One of my east coast friends was visiting earlier this summer.  We spent one day visiting the eastern side of Mount St. Helens....an area of the volcano that I hadn't visited until that day.  Whew! There's a road that reaches very close to the crater called Windy Ridge ("windy" as in wind blowing -- and it definitely was blowing!), but the switchbacks in the road to get there left us questioning if it's really "windy" as in "a windy road".  In addition, there were many parts of this narrow windy road that were slowly sliding over the sheer cliffs.  I was literally driving on the other side of the road for most of the journey back down the windy road.  

Nevertheless, this long, but scenic 3-hour trek each way proved itself worthy with the vistas. We had glimpses of mountains Rainier, Adams, and Hood along the way.  Much evidence still remains of the 1980 eruption, but it seemed to be more green and filled with more regrowth than the northern side of the mountain.  It was nothing short of spectacular to say the least, but I would like to camp in the area the next time and explore some more.

 

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