Land of the Frost Giants
Ruckel Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Bonneville · Oregon · USA
A modest dusting of mid-winter snow flocks the ever-verdant surrounds of Mossy Grotto Falls while icicles adorn the foliage like Christmas tree ornaments. Always a fun romp to get here (lung-searing but fortunately short climb notwithstanding), the off-trail going was actually easier with snow on the talus slope offering better purchase than usual. Comic book and movie geeks will be quick to think I'm referencing Thor here with the title, while the rest of us snobby intellectual types realize that I'm really invoking the Norse mythology of the Jötunn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B6tunn). Yeah, that's it.