Darlene wanted to go up the mountain to wander among the bear grass and rhododendrons. So I took her there.

I think she's happy. :) That's pollen on her nose.

#oregon #mthood #mounthood #wildflowers #beargrass #rhododendrons
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I love to hike in Oregon in the Springtime. On this day I decided to hike up Castle Canyon Trail near the little town of Rhododendron. It has about a 1000 foot elevation gain in about a mile so it's a little steep, but it's one of my favorite places in the world.

In this photo I had just came to the top of a series of switchbacks and stopped to breath for a minute and was just enamored by the view behind me. Enough so that I had to get a snapshot of it. I love it when the rhodies are blooming in the forest.

To make it even better it was sprinkling rain with a mist of cloudiness that would move through the tree tops. I was sweating and wet from the moist forest and misty rain but it felt amazing.

This scene is about five miles from my home.

#oregon #hiking #rhododendron #forest #randallpics
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It was a beautiful Spring morning.

I slept in today to try to catch up on the lack of sleep lately. Instead of hopping up when my eye lids opened like usual, I rolled back over and pulled the covers over my head for a while. Once I crawled out I made a nice cup of coffee and went out and sat on the front porch with Betty for a little while contemplating life and planning my day.

As I sat there I thought about all of the early hours, late hours and long hours that I used to put in in my last career and decided to call up my old boss to let him know I'm still alive. I still remembered the phone number. We had a nice chat. I asked how everything was going and it sounds as if nothing has changed at all there in the last ten years.

At the time losing that job seemed tragic, but in hindsight it saved my life.

Sometimes we hold onto things that we feel are essential in our lives when we should decide to make changes. Making those changes are difficult and most people won't make those changes. In my case those changes were made for me. I felt that my life was over at the time when in reality it was just starting over. Now I realize that I'd rather start over mid life than to realize my life is through and to wish that I had done things differently. Regrets are fine if you have time for resolution, but a death bed is not the place to try to straighten out ones life.

I like my present boss. He lets me sleep in if I need to and wake up on my front porch with a nice cup of coffee instead of a commuter mug and a drive to work through city traffic. I may not be making the big bucks, but life is good none the less. I no longer collect "things". I now collect experiences. I won't have the things when I'm old, but I'll still have the memories of my experiences. I think that I'll have less regret that way. :)

Whoa! Why so serious Gary??? ;)

I guess my point is that in life one must embrace change, even if you didn't make the change. You never know where the new path may take you. You never know if you don't go. :)

#lifehappens #noregrets #livelife #behappy
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Priorities. Going down hard? Get that shot anyway!!

That's how you become a Photography Superhero. :D
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