Perhaps it was because it was late at night and snowing that I was alone at the entrance to the Navy Pier. Usually all the people, lights and action get me walking down the pier, but this time it was closed and quiet. So I meandered around the shoreline until I stumbled upon the Captain of the Helm statue by Sculptor Michael Martino.
The evolving crisis in Russia and the Ukraine is another painful reminder of the instability of our world. Sandwiched between Europe and Russia, the Ukraine has been torn between two ideologies, plunged into chaos by competing egos.
While most of the snow and ice are now gone in Portland, the mountains remain blanketed in powder. The shut down for a few days was nice as it calmed life down, but the price for our little break was an increase in stress now that business is back as usual.
The image today is of a rustic 400 square foot warming hut that sits about mid-way up the mountain at Skibowl. It was built during the same time as Timberline Lodge and has a similar look and feel, without the size.
I have always thought it would be cool to fly! So cool in fact, that many years ago, before Kelly and I were married, I told her that I wanted to try skydiving. Now this was during those early courtship months when I thought it sounded cool to talk about engaging in such an adrenalin-infused activity.
When we have a nice day on the mountain, it’s really a nice day! Having Mt. Hood only 50 miles from our home in Portland is one reason we chose to get a forest service cabin in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Within an hour we can be in a completely different environment. Snow covers the mountain year-round due to twelve glaciers.