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mirror lake

Recently (ok so it was two months ago), I was staying up near Mount Hood and had planned a late morning hike.  After doing a little research and getting a couple recommendations, Mirror Lake seemed to be the perfect fit.  The trailhead is easy to find just along the southside of Highway 26 between Rhododendron and Government Camp.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead and can be purchased nearby. 

The trail travels about 1.5 miles uphill at a steady pace (total hike is about 3 miles roundtrip with a 750 ft. elevation gain).  It is not too strenuous, but is a good workout.  Most of the hike meanders through forest and over a small stream here and there, but also offers some great views of the forest.
Once the lake is neared, the trail can be followed in either direction to loop around it.  Mirror lake itself does not disappoint.  It is a serene little lake with a wonderful view of Mt. Hood.  There are several campsites along the trail and a few areas of “beach” to stop for lunch, rock-skipping or reflection.


I am so glad that I stopped for this hike.  It was a beautiful day and I had a wonderful time exploring, taking photos, reflecting and soaking up some Oregon sunshine.   I will definitely go back!

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doing what i love

I have been on a blog hiatus.  On purpose.  Kind of.  Life got busy and I needed some room away from all the screens to breathe.  While I was away, I found some fresh air, but I lost the motivation that comes from the discipline of making my thoughts, photos, musings, projects and inspirations public in blogland.  Not only does it motivate me, but I genuinely love the creative outlet of blogging.

And so I am back.  Doing something I love.  Looking for motivation to do more of what I love.  And to let this love infiltrate all that I do.

What do you love?  What would you love to do?

learning through the lens

found via pinterest and origianlly from here (where you can buy prints)

unbroken

I recently created a piece of art using  materials I found outdoors and a few things I had lying around.  It was both created with and inspired by brokenness.  To find out more about the inspiration and the process, visit the post on blartog.

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