The Pittock Mansion in the fall

The Pittock Mansion was built in 1909 for the London born Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana in the west hills of Portland, Oregon. This 46 room house on 46 acres of land is now owned by the city. The mansion is modeled after French Renaissance and Victorian architecture. The city of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000 in 1964 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Though I’ve been there a few times now, I still have yet to go inside. I need to find one of those buy one get one free deals!

I have, however, now managed to see it in all seasons except winter. This year was my first time going in the fall. And what beautiful colors there were on the Japanese maples! My all time favorite thing to try to photograph this time around. I waited for all the other visitors walking by to clear out of the area around the Japanese maples and then started sneaking around underneath the trees to get some photos with all the wonderful twisty branches and beautiful red leaves. Of course, there were other wonderful things to see and take photos of. And the view from the West Hills looking down into Portland is amazing.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Japanese maple in all it's fall glory

Japanese maple in all it’s fall glory

 

I’m just glad I didn’t get my car towed or ticketed because I parked right in front of a sign leading off to the water tower in the parking lot that said ‘Do Not Block’ and didn’t even think about it until after I looked at the photo I took of the sign when I downloaded my photos onto the computer after I got home. Whoops!

 

Do not block

Do not block

 

The Pittock Mansion through fall leaves.

The Pittock Mansion through fall leaves.

 

Small and white

Small and white

 

Ornate details

Ornate details

 

Decked out in leaves

Decked out in leaves

 

 

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Rock of Ages – A hike off the beaten trail

The week before last, my son and I took a hike off the beaten trails near Ponytail Falls up to the Rock of Ages. The trail isn’t maintained, so at times it seems to disappear and reappear. Luckily, we ran into someone coming down at one of those times it was disappearing and were able to get ourselves going in the right direction again. Mostly, though, there aren’t too many people who wander off the main path to come see this all natural wonder up at the top. It is worth the climb! I was so excited to¬†come around the corner and see this, I believe I may have been shouting down the trail to my son: ‘Oh my gosh. I see it! I see it! I see it!’. Yeah. I get a little excited about cool stuff I see in nature.

While we were up there, two more people came up, looked around and then left, leaving us to this wonderful photographers dream all by ourselves. We took photos of the amazing scenery, photos of each other,¬†photos of us jumping for joy in front of the Rock of Ages, then we went across to the Mounds where I climbed up for a better view of the Gorge. After that, it was on to the Devil’s Backbone, where we did not jump for joy or we may have plummeted off the side of the ridge down into the canyon below. We walked a bit past that, then turned around and headed back down the trail again. There is technically a 10 mile trail loop you could continue on if you so chose, but again, it’s not maintained and also involves crossing through the Oneonta Gorge, which is probably pretty high and cold in the spring time.

Due to many fallen trees, the path going down disappeared, but we could kind of see across to a fallen tree we had climbed over on the way up, so onward we went, blazing our own trail until we hit the faint trail on the other side. Where we promptly lost the trail, found it again, and eventually made our way down to the side trail overlooking the top of Ponytail Falls (officially known as Upper Horsetail Falls, but referred to most as Ponytail Falls).

What an amazing adventure! I’m so excited the weather is turning and I can start going on fun adventures outdoors again. What are some of the beautiful places in the world you want to see this year?

 

 

Jumping for joy in front of the Rock of Ages

Jumping for joy in front of the Rock of Ages

 

 

Sometimes, you can barely make out the trail ahead of you, but just keep going, there may be wonderful things around the corner.

Sometimes, you can barely make out the trail ahead of you, but just keep going, there may be wonderful things around the corner.

 

 

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

 

 

Devil's Backbone

Devil’s Backbone

 

 

Looking down at Ponytail Falls

Looking down at Ponytail Falls

 

 

Trillium above Ponytail Fall

Trillium above Ponytail Fall

 

 

 

 

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