Mortons At Mary’s Peak

Sisters I


My brother, sister and I are all pretty scattered. Sarah lives in Germany, Paul has been in California but is moving to NYC and I’m all over the place. Still, we’re close – we all make our living as freelance artists, a bonding lifestyle to say the least – and every now and then we make an effort to meet up in the same place at the same time. Recently, Sarah and her husband Nik flew into San Francisco and drove north with Paul to Oregon, where we rendezvoused at my aunt and uncle’s farm in Philomath for a few days.

Siblings at Work: Paul playing, Sarah sketching, me documenting

Siblings at Work: Paul playing, Sarah sketching, me documenting

We were together on our parents’ 35th wedding anniversary and since they couldn’t make the trip West, we kids headed up Mary’s Peak in the Oregon Coast Range – one of my all time favorite hikes – and took some photos to send them to celebrate the day. Thanks to Nik for the shots with me in them!












OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARead about some of our previous family rendezvous in San FranciscoGermany and Scotland and check out Sarah’s art here. Paul’s about to move to NYC to start the Historical Performance program at Juilliard! Thanks, as always, to our amazing parents who have always encouraged our pursuits of the arts in every way possible. Much family Love!


About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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11 Responses to Mortons At Mary’s Peak

  1. SAN_jeet says:

    Nice FAM pic

    Just need to add some lines of appreciation for this

    Matching hair of plant blowing ,
    Asking the brother and sisters
    Where you all are going ?
    Playing with me without knowing,
    Running ,walking ,enjoying
    Like careless wind ,not slowing ,
    Brother ,Sisters and pet
    Where you all are going ?

  2. D Holmes Morton says:


    In meadows
    beautiful, fragile, ephemeral.

    To watch them tossed about by breezes
    and dancing from flower to flower
    I would think they will go no where.

    I am told
    they endure storms of summer
    and winter too
    and that finally they go far.
    To the south, to Mexico I’ve heard
    but I can’t believe this.

    If You dare
    to ask where
    follow them yourself.
    These beautiful, enduring, travelers –

    Butterflies in meadows
    remind me of my children.

    dhm 1997

  3. pmdello says:

    Gorgeous photos …

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    Another mountain I have seen from afar, but never gone up! Looks beautiful up there.

    There is another adventurer/writer named Roger Deakin, who died back in 2006 of brain cancer, but left a legacy of beautiful work behind him. I stumbled across him while reading Robert Macfarlane’s “The Wild Places”. Intrigued, I read Deakin’s book “Wildwood”. This is one you might enjoy some evening under the stars sitting next to the camper with the dogs. Your adventures and writings remind me a bit of Roger. You all belong to a special breed of adventurers for whom I have great respect.

  5. Blonde hair and grass tossed in the breeze; so metaphorical…

  6. How wonderful! Your parents had to love these images!

  7. Your parents had to love these images…what a beautiful anniversary gift to them…

  8. I have got to make it to Oregon one of these days.

    Reminds me of the dunes on Holy Island. I love that sort of setting…

  9. Jtc says:

    Your family has GREAT hair!!

  10. hilthethrill says:

    Woweee! What a beautiful blog. The first photo of the sisters, with blonde hair and wheat, is show-stopping. I’ll be back again!

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