There is just something mysteriously magical about the ocean. Maybe it’s all of the brilliant shades of blues it can be, or maybe it’s the unpredictability of its storms, or even all of the life that is teeming underneath the surface. Whatever it is, whenever we visit the coast, there’s a sense of awe that just takes over us.
2824 feet elevation gain.
Kicked our butts.
Two years ago, Michael and I were visiting Portland, OR because he was visiting his new workplace and I was interviewing at OHSU. We talked to a stranger about local recommendations and they suggested Dog Mountain trail.
We didn’t read about.
We didn’t look it up.
We just… went and did it.
It ended up being one of the hardest hikes we’ve both ever been on. The elevation gain was so difficult. We even got cheers once we got to the top by the people that passed us because we told them we were struggling haha 😅.
Last night, we decided to do it again to see the sunset at the top and to hike down at night. We can definitely report that the hike is still very difficult! However, the sunset made it so. worth. it. It was like we were seeing a live painting because the color changes were unreal. And we finally saw all of the wildflowers!! 💛
When we made it to the first clearing and saw this view!
Michael waiting for me.
It’s impossible to not stop a million times and take in this view… or to take a breather. 😅
The last two at the top!! The two guys we met took this picture before they hiked back down. We got to enjoy this place with just us… and some Oreos.
Those bird sounds and wildflowers. 😍
We can officially say that we were so freaking exhausted after this hike.
We started the hike around 6:45pm.
We finished the hike around 11:00pm.
We got home around 1:30am.
We are so thankful we both didn’t have to go to work or school today.
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! 😊
Crater Lake is known for its blues… but when you’re there at sunrise or sunset, the colors you get to see are so unbelievably magical.
We had already planned to wake up early, but did not expect to witness the most magnificent sunrise. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves because no one was around us. This place is also very special to us because it was the last road trip we were able to take Layla on before she passed away.
Experiences like this always remind us to appreciate and love the little things in life. ❤️
Look at those colors!! 😍
Our little family at sunset.
This viewpoint was perfect. It felt like the lake wrapped all around you.
Sometimes you gotta hide behind a bush to get those ~*angles*~ of Wizard Island. Photography can be a pretty funny hobby.
The girls and the moon.
Mount Thielsen in all of its glory in the early morning.
Sunsets here are pretty darn great, too.
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
If Crater Lake isn’t on your bucket list yet, it should be!