Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Just a little to show for my week plus great nature experiences

What can I say?  Didn't get much sewing done-- I had a group of friends come up to the cabin last week and we were hiking every day... They aren't quilters (imagine that?! non-quilter friends!) so I wasn't able to sew.

I did finish another one of these darling baskets on the drive up to the cabin!

Before my friends arrived, my husband and I went on a hike with the Deschutes Land Trust organization and it was phenomenal.  We were treated to a history lesson about the area.  I hadn't known there were people living in the hills, miles from others, doing mill work.  There was evidence of these back to the early 1920s.  Here is a pile of rusted metal cans, all of which are identifiable if you look closely!  There was also a cup and plate!
My inclination would be to clean up the area but historians are adamant that it remain intact to  tell the story from about a hundred years ago!

Then there are the gorgeous fall colors in Central Oregon.

This one was from the hike, in the hills outside Bend.  The next one is from the area by our cabin near Sunriver.

I'm sure all the leaves will be gone in a  matter of days... I love the fall colors!

Here are some nature shots taken during the hikes with my friends.

This was taken during a hike around Sparks Lake.  You can see the South Sister to the left and Broken Top to the right.  This is my favorite area of the Cascades.  The road is closed between November and May because of all the snow.  I hiked between those two mountains earlier this summer to Green Lakes.  This hike was a lot easier! ;-)

Then we went to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.  This area was formed thousands of years ago by volcanic activity.  The lake in the distance is Paulina Lake, which my husband and I hiked around a couple of weeks ago.

We also hiked up to the Obsidian Peak.  Have you heard of that rock?  It's a very sharp, shiny black rock from volcanoes.  This is one example.  I think it looks other-worldy, if you get what I mean.

This is that mountain from Paulina Lake.  It's quite a huge mass of rock just like the picture above.

Hopefully I'll be getting more sewing done!


  1. So many great places to sight see and hike in Central Oregon. The Natives used obsidian to make tools- it is very sharp.

  2. Cute basket! Lucky you with such a beautiful are for hiking.

  3. Beautiful area to be hiking around in. As soon as I saw the rusty cans I thought - pick them up and put them in the trash!!!

  4. Beautiful fall colors and cutie wool block.

  5. An adorable little basket. How many of them have you made so far? I've lost count.
    Love seeing the views in Oregon. I have gone on a few hikes in the state, but there are so many, it is hard to choose when your time is limited.
    I was a rock hound as a kid, and obsidian was a favorite.

  6. Pretty hike pics. Hand stitching on the way to your Cabin is looking good. Better than nothing with your non-quilting friends. I don't think there are many of them.

  7. Thank goodness it is an 8 hour trip so you have some sewing to report - wink! It's nice to take a break now and then especially when it involves friends and nature hikes!

  8. I would say that the rusty cans were from a more recent time. People will dump anything to get rid of it.

  9. in new england on the rocky coast there are huge outcroppings of rocks with these black veins of cooled volcanic molten...they are called dikes in the rocks....