Walking, phone calls, catching up on the blog and waiting to be picked up by the rental car people started the day. It was clear and warming nicely for today’s trip to Mt. Hood and then into the Columbia River valley called the gorge by locals.
The new mini van we rented was perfect for our touring with its high seating and big windows for good viewing as we traveled. Bill, Mary, Pauline and myself were off go Mt. Hood.
Some coffee was in order as we got close to our first destination. We stopped in Mt. Hood village at a place called Wraptitude. People were raving about the food, we just got coffee.
With our coffee in hand we drove to Mt. Hood. and the Timberline Lodge. This is the lodge where a portion of The Shining was shot.
The lodge was built in 1936 as a WPA project and was run by the National Forest Service. This is a great old lodge with people still skiing the upper run as we walked around in t-shirts.
Much of the furniture was built by the carpenters and blacksmiths that were working on the lodge. All the furniture frames, hand rails and iron structural members and appointments were hand built by the ironworker/blacksmiths on the site.
This lodge serves as a resting and food stop for people that hike the PCT. Many hikers were resting and having the buffet. I believe Bill’s friend Eddie passed through here when he hiked the PCT.
Now onto the town of Hood River in the gorge. We decended the 1000′ to the gorge in about 35 miles. The town is on the Columbia River and was it was full of kite boarders and wind surfers, I mean hundreds.
We stopped for lunch at a microbrew called pFriem Family Brewers. No that’s not a misspelling.
We crossed the river to the Washington side and headed to the Bridge of the Gods to cross back to Oregon. This bridge is the crossing point for the PCT and is shown at the end of the movie Wild.
We stopped at Multnomah Falls and hiked up to the mid-level bridge shown in some of the pictures.
Looking off the walking bridge.
We finished our trip back to Portland and had some dinner and conversation with Erin and Matt before retiring for the night.
Three wine tasting appointments tomorrow in the Willamette Valley.
One more note on the moose issue.
Folks, I and I alone can fix this issue.