First we drove around Mt. Hood. Our final stop on that tour was to visit the Timberline Lodge, an heritage site, because of the uniqueness of the construction and the age of the building. It reminded me of Sun Valley and I think it was of the same era when using vehicles for transportation to tour was considered a huge adventure; the 1930s and 40s.
|We began our day trip from White Salmon/Bingen, WA on|
the Highway 35 loop, taking us around the base of the post-
volcanic 11,239 ft. Mt. Hood.
|It was warm enough|
in the sunshine.
|The tallest mountain in Oregon, it receives about 420 inches|
of snow each year. We were on our way to the Lodge
|Snow runoff creates temporary lovely waterfalls along the road.|
|Standing outside the Timberline Lodge, an historic landmark|
and at 6,000 feet offers four-season skiing, the only area in
the U.S. to do so.
|Timberline Lodge was built in 1937 as part of the Works|
Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression.
A popular tourist attraction for over 80 years!
|Friends of the Lodge, a non-profit organization, has helped|
to keep the Lodge fresh and vital with renovations,
restorations of fabrics, landscaping and other projects.
|Rough-hewn timbers make the|
Lodge a solid structure, and an
appealing tourist stop or stay.
|The open concept offers guests both the cozy feature of a|
fire along with impressive views inside and out.
|The Lodge inside...|
|And the view to the outside from the Lodge's lounge.|
|Vista House, a great vista point on the Columbia River, OR.|
The historic road is narrow, curvy and now, in some places, downright hazardous because of the damage from the fire. We were not able to get up to Larch Mt. for this reason.
|Standing at the Portland Women's Forum Overlook point on|
the drive up the historic Columbia River Highway.
|View upstream of the Columbia River from Vista House.|
|View looking downstream on the Columbia River|
|Latourelle Falls have an easy access from the parking lot.|
|Honeymooners at Latourelle Falls|
|Looking at Vista Point from Women's Overlook downstream.|
|In this photo of Vista House, you can see how much timber|
has been burned from the Eagle Creek fire; all the brown
spots should be green and that is where the falls are.
|Loved the lighting around the base of Latourelle Falls.|
|Another view of Latourelle Falls; bright spring colors. I am|
thinking another trip in the fall would be gorgeous.
|A Stellar Jay stopped by to visit us on the trail to the falls.|
With all the wedding planning, moving Wayne's stuff, going to his son's wedding, etc., we have not been going out and walking as much as we probably should have. While I enjoyed the hike, my back did not and I was off to see my chiropractor as soon as we returned. Now I am 'back in alignment.'
|Bride and Groom at Bridal Veil Falls; wish the photographer|
would have used the flash as I suggested.
|Jezebel; enough said.|
Al and Wayne are both widowers and they were, with their wives, couple friends. Al moved away and then was faced with a double loss of his wife and his long-term friendships. Spending the day together was sweet and lovely, like the flowers we bought and bittersweet with end of a day we all enjoyed.
|Al, Wayne and Al's daughter, Gwen in front of their most|
favorite garden store: Al's (not his, just the same name).
Friends are so important; we must 'water' them like our garden to keep them flourishing in our lives.
|I don't think I can ever have enough blue things growing in|
my garden; but here are the blue and golds of our wedding.
|These were all the flowers left at the store after Wayne got|
|Gwen told me this is red clover... so pretty to see on the road.|
|Plenty of work to be done when we return home!|
|After a long day of flower buying, we stopped at Shari's and|
enjoyed a meal (with some memories) together.
|Crossing the narrow metal bridge over to Hood River, OR.|
|Mt. Hood looms over the valley.|
|Wayne cleared the headstone and we took pictures for his|
|Back at our campsite, the eagles were plentiful and very|
'chatty' in the mornings.
From Wikipedia: "The dam is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Portland, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. The primary functions of Bonneville Lock and Dam are electrical power generation and river navigation. The dam was built and is managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. At the time of its construction in the 1930s it was the largest water impoundment project of its type in the nation, able to withstand flooding on an unprecedented scale. Electrical power generated at Bonneville is distributed by the Bonneville Power Administration. Bonneville Lock and Dam is named for Army Capt. Benjamin Bonneville, an early explorer credited with charting much of the Oregon Trail. The Bonneville Dam Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1987."
|Geese and their goslings on the Dam grounds; watch where|
|Multnomah Falls from top to bottom.|
|People were pretty helpful about taking our|
picture when we asked.
|Bridge of the Gods near Cascade Locks, OR is one of the|
oldest bridges spanning the Columbia River.
|Our last night in Hood River the mountain gave us a rosy|
peek from our campsite.