It’s fun to go camping for a few days, but great to be back home – especially after not having access to a shower. My husband and I spent the last couple of days in the Mt. Hood National Forest, camping, hiking and enjoying a lovely view of Clear Lake and the surrounding mountains from right outside our tent trailer.
We intended to hike on Mt. Hood’s Cooper Spur, but had to cancel that hike when we were informed by the Forest Ranger’s that the road leading to the trailhead had been closed because of damage from a fire a few years ago.
So, instead we took a drive up to Timberline lodge on Mt. Hood, which is a very popular ski resort here in Oregon. There is a short hike straight up the mountain from the lodge that takes you from an elevation of 5,960 to above the timberline at 7,000 feet, a roundtrip hiking distance of 2.7 miles.
We decided to do this short hike as a warm up to Saturday’s slightly more ambitious 7 mile roundtrip hike with a 2,500 ft. elevation gain up to McNeil Point. We didn’t quite reach the top though because I couldn’t bring myself to walk through a very narrow canyon path in the last 1/2 mile of the trail :(). I’ll post some pictures of that hike at a later date.
The short hike from Timberline Lodge is quite lovely as it immediately puts you above the timberline and every 1/4 mile gives you a drastically bigger panoramic view of Mt. Hood and the mountains to the southwest of it.
Much to my surprise, among all of the many rocks and stones that one encounters along the way, one red volcanic stone in particular caught my eye. Immediately I saw that is was full of craters! If this does not strike you as odd, I direct your attention to Erik Andrulius’ blog in which he challenges our assumptions about the formation of the moon’s craters being the result of impact.
I thought of Erik’s explanation of the moon’s craters when looking at this volcanic rock as it also has these crater-like holes, but I don’t think geologists would say they were from impact. Hmm. I do believe that Erik is on to something and that his theory about the moon crater formation being an inside job deserves some more attention.