Living in Oregon has been a blast so far. It's amazing to be able to look out your window and see mountains that have been relatively untouched by humans. A 45 minute drive takes me to the base, and windy Forest Service Roads take me to the trailhead. There are so many places to discover.
Recently, I had my first experience summiting a mountain over 8,000 ft! We took a sunny, beautiful day hike to the top of China Cap in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Wallowa Whitman National Forest, scrambling off-trail to reach its summit with a beautiful 360 view. We enjoyed a summit beer and signed the register while the dogs enjoyed the last vestiges of winter's snowpack.