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Nature’s Beauty, and Quiet Weekend

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

I had a very quiet weekend over the Fourth of July. On July 3, the Oregon Health Authority said everyone in Oregon should cancel their plans to get together because of the rapid increase in coronavirus cases. So I called my friends to cancel my attendance at a small outdoor Fourth of July picnic, and I canceled attending a happy hour outdoor at my friends home on the 5th. (Frankly, I was surprised that the events still went on). I am doing my best to comply with all the health recommendations. I think it is important to stop the surge. So I watchEd the fireworks on television; and I watched our annual pet parade on television, which was conducted virtually with photos and video submitted by children and families.

Hiking brings me solace and comfort (I miss personal contact with friends). I am lucky because here there are still many trails that are not very crowded. I avoided the most popular trails; we got a lot of tourists over the Fourth of July weekend. So many of the most famous trails are very crowded at this time.

On the 4th, I hiked the upper loop at Riley Ranch. There are nice views of the Cascade Mountains across the meadow.

Middle Sister and North Sister

Broken Top and South Sister

River canyon

Oregon Sunshine flowers blooming in the rocks

Today, I hiked the Wildcat Canyon Loop, Trail. It was a beautiful day, not too hot. The most beautiful stretch of the trail is on rock cliffs above the Deschutes river.

Mariposa lilies were blooming. Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish; I think that is a great name for this beautiful flower.

On my hike back through the desert to my car, Oregon sunshine was blooming in the sandy soil. This distinctive sandy soil is formed by volcanic ash from the Cascade Mountain eruptions.

On my way home, I was craving an icy beverage, so I decided to stop for a Diet Coke at a convenience store. That turned out to be a mistake. Most places are enforcing our governor’s orders that require masks be worn indoors. This little store did not, but I didn’t realize it until I was at the counter checking out. A man with no mask entered and was sneezing all over the store. I hope it was allergies and not COVID-19! And I am glad I was wearing my mask. I should have just walked out, even though I had already served my beverage.

Lesson learned. Mostly during this pandemic, I have not given into cravings. I have carefully made a list of healthy food, and that is what I consume all week. There now some risks in shopping, and this experience reinforced that I should only shop once a week at stores with immaculate hygiene that follow the rules. This was an unnecessary risk, for something with no nutritional value.
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  • RANNKIRK2020
    Your an ideal for bringing the outdoors in to us and always smiling, and amazing photography and sentiments. One of my grandson's is a photographer of Oregon wilderness area's and waterfalls, so am admiring yours as well. Yup, we are inside here, and am doing my part to keep well also. Inspiring blog pages, just . . . emoticon
    285 days ago
    The hikes were beautiful love the flower pictures it amazing the beauty in nature. Hope all is well with the untimely stop for a treat, I do not like wearing my mask so I do stay home but for my safety and others I wear it when I do venture out to the grocery store.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures emoticon
    311 days ago
    If everyone would be as conscientious as you re: the rules to avoid the virus, we could have this under much better control. Though it is difficult to not do the things that we are used to doing, we need to think of just how dangerous it is to NOT take it seriously.

    Your photos are, as usual, very beautiful. I am so glad that you can still hike in so many areas. I know how much it means to you and how good it is for you both mentally and physically.

    I sincerely hope that this virus will go away completely at some point, but it is going to take much longer than we had hoped. As serious as it is, we HAVE TO comply in order to keep the danger down.
    311 days ago
    More beautiful photos!
    In similar news, most TX authorities aren’t enforcing the mask rules - but honestly, I’ve stepped out a couple of times without mine... In those cases I walk briskly into the store, get what I need, & make haste checking out.
    And every time I cough or clear my throat when talking to a client, I reassure them that it’s only allergies - still rampant in N TX, I think we are the allergy capital of the country!
    311 days ago
  • 1958TMC
    Thanks for sharing your hike with us. I love the beauty of it all. You stay safe out there💜
    312 days ago
    It must have been disappointing to have to cancel the plans with your friends. Like you, I’m surprised that they went ahead with the events. The Greater Toronto Area has just put a “masks required inside all public buildings” by-law. I think it should have been called long ago.

    I’m glad you are being so careful, Alison, and that you are able to get out hiking so often. We are in the middle of our 2nd week of 30+ temperatures every day... 36 today... and no rain. I water the garden early in the morning, but otherwise stay inside.

    Be safe, hugs,
    312 days ago
    312 days ago
    What a beautiful hike!
    Thank you for those amazing photos.
    I am with you about laying low and staying healthy!
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    312 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Glad that you were able to get out for a beautiful hike with more lovely flowers and scenery to enjoy!
    Let’s hope that the sneezes were only allergy; incidents such as that are good reminders that unless it is necessary, it’s best not to be indoors with a group of unknown people!
    312 days ago
    Looks like a great hike!
    312 days ago
    Beautiful pictures ❣️. Have a blessed and beautiful day 🙏
    312 days ago
    stay safe and have a great day hun emoticon
    312 days ago
    You drink diet coke!? Bob and I haven't had one of those in 6 years! Only unsweet tea for me. That should be first on your list to give up to be healthy. Aspartame is sooooo bad for you. It can cause strokes, seizures and more. It gave me headaches. A friend of mine got seizures from it.
    Glad you had some good hikes. You're brave to go alone. People are crazier out there now, please be very careful.
    I don't understand the partying that keeps going on either. I won't even go for a haircut yet.
    When people cough or sneeze- it freaks me out too. Don't walk near them or pass through where they were-droplets in the air. Even with mask you have a 25% chance of catching covid if you do that and breathe it in.
    312 days ago
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