I'm now on my second week of my internship at The Herb Shoppe in southeast Portland and have been reading, taking classes and wandering the woods, so excited to learn more about herbal medicines, wild harvesting and homesteading. Just a few days ago I finally made it out to Mount Hood for the first time in the 2 years I've been living in Portland. I had initially started the day in Forest Park, but got frustrated at the amount of garbage I saw along the trails, as well as the unavoidable car traffic and joggers on the trails. It was absolutely worth it to switch gears and head over to Mount Hood instead. I came across a tiny, crooked gravel road that ended in a gate at the edge of the woods, where I found some mountain biking trails to hike on. Sword ferns, nettles, oregon grape, wood sorrel, mushrooms and pine needles covered the forest floor, crowding over the winding dirt paths. All I could hear was the rushing of a far-off waterfall and the sound of rain lightly falling through the trees. I gathered a few nettles and a tiny bit of pine resin - my first time harvesting! - for use in my first ever homemade medicinal tinctures. I can't wait to go back to Mount Hood, but next time I will be sure to bring some friends, some water, and snacks, and I'll definitely be staying much longer.