Sparkle on!

,I’ve been sick for the past week with a cold and it definitely has dulled my sparkle a bit. I pull out of it a little bit every day, but wow, am I sick of being sick at this point. I did not going to chemo today with my mom – they don’t want sick people in the chemo ward getting the people on chemo sick because their white blood cell count gets knocked out by the chemo and they have a harder time recuperating from illness than the rest of us do with all of our white bloods cells still intact to fight infections. And I should probably sit outside at my parents tomorrow for out 4th of July BBQ so I don’t bring my germs in the house. Bleh. Being sick is no fun at all!

However, today I was having fun browsing through sparkler/firework photos on free stock photo sites online. One really about summed up what I feel like today. A hand lifting out of the water with a sparkler in it. Yeah. That’s me. Can’t breathe real well right now through my stuffed up nose so I feel like I’m underwater, but tomorrow’s a holiday, so sparkle on people, sparkle on!

Happy 4th of July!

 

Sparkle on through life's difficulties ~ Photo by Kristopher Roller
Sparkle on through the life’s difficulties ~ Photo by Kristopher Roller

 

It only takes a spark ~ Photo by Cristian Escobar
It only takes a spark ~ Photo by Cristian Escobar

 

For two are better than one... ~ Photo by Ian Schneider
For two are better than one… ~ Photo by Ian Schneider

 

Sparkle on! ~ Photo by Kristopher Roller
Sparkle on! ~ Photo by Kristopher Roller

 

If it rains, make an umbrella. ~ Photo by Sarah Zucca
If it rains, make an umbrella. ~ Photo by Sarah Zucca

 

Seattle Space Needle sparkling on! ~ Photo by Nitish Meena
Seattle Space Needle sparkling on! ~ Photo by Nitish Meena

 

 

It only takes a spark,

to get a fire going,

and soon all those around 

can warm up in it’s glowing.

That’s how it is with God’s love,

once you’ve experienced it.

You spread His love

to everyone,

you want to pass it on.

 

Angels Rest

While others are out there playing the popular game Pokemon Go and catching Pokemon, I’d much rather go out there and hike in nature. While it seems half the world is out catching Pikachu, I’m trying to catch photos of Pikas in the wild. (My only photo of one was blurry.) I’m chasing the view, the flora & the fauna in the great outdoors. Nothing is more glorious than hiking to a wonderful destination and finding that inner peace that comes from being far removed from your bustling, busy everyday lives. My most recent hike was to Angel’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.

On this hike, you will see two waterfalls. There’s a side trail to an overlook of  Coopey falls, with a bit of an overview from above. There is not a good way to get closer to this one, but, further up the trail, you will hear rushing water and see another side trail for Upper Coopey Falls, this one is just a short trail right up to the base of the falls. It’s worth the short detour to go see.

Last week I was finding magical things on the trail to the top. This week I’ll share more of the views, because, believe me – they were incredible.  A must-do hike in the Gorge!

Allow peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. ~ John Muir

 

View of the Columbia River Gorge from the trail to Angels Rest
View of the Columbia River Gorge from the trail to Angels Rest

 

Wildflowers in the Gorge
Wildflowers in the Gorge

 

Angel's Rest ~ Columbia River Gorge
Angel’s Rest ~ Columbia River Gorge

 

Where I go, these are the street signs - go any direction you want, just don't follow one over a cliff.
Where I go, these are the street signs – go any direction you want, just don’t follow one over a cliff.

 

Upper Coopey Falls ~ Columbia River Gorge
Upper Coopey Falls ~ Columbia River Gorge

 

Yellow flowers on Angel's Rest
Yellow flowers on Angel’s Rest