The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Venturing Out

Now that I have my own car I can travel to new places to hike and bike. Its like being sixteen again and the freedom I experienced with my first car. My first excursion was just 6 miles down the road to Sugarloaf Ridge State park. With this park and Hood Mountain park so close by I have many miles of trials to entertain me for awhile. In just this short little hike I came across rushing streams
cascading waterfalls

and new flowers.

My guidebook said there would be Dutchman's Pipe or low growing Indian Warriors along this portion of the trial. I had to wait till I got home to see which one this was. Neither as I found out. I don't need another field guide to lug around so flowers will continue to be nameless. I'll just enjoy.

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