Sunday, June 29, 2014

Boring, Oregon

Yes, an unfortunate name for a town, though worth a chuckle.  Our host Phil says Boring is proud to be the sister city to Dull, Scotland.

We arrive on Friday and spread all over the grounds of Phil's commercial nursery.  I'm not sure how many acres the operation comprises, but it's ample.

Another first - camped among the blueberry bushes!

The blueberries are not quite ripe yet.  But here's a photo of the Oregon Grape, which is Oregon's state flower and rather blueberry-ish.  

Our camp reminds me of Game Day Saturday back home.

In the evenings, Jerry's cat Samson goes mousing.  I encourage him.

On Saturday, the group explores.  First stop is an overlook on the Columbia River.

Later we visit Multnomah Falls

where I model my new completely awesome thrift-store rain jacket.

Parts of the Columbia River Gorge remind me of the Scottish Highlands.

We stop for lunch at the Full Sail Brew Pub in Hood River.  I have the fish and chips made with salmon (!) and served with a side of pickled zucchini.  Dee-lish!

Speaking of salmon.  Here are a few smoking during a town festival at Cascade Locks.

A view of the expansive and lush fruit basket of Hood River Valley.

No rain today and I hope my new raincoat will remain stored for a while.  We are convinced the weather is about to turn dry and sunny.  Maybe even a star show tonight?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trillium Lake

We hiked nearby Trillium Lake yesterday.

The ever-present Mt. Hood

This spot puts me in mind of an L.L. Bean catalog.

The path is an easy 2-mile loop.

We stop for lunch.

Admire the flora.

And the fauna.

It amazes me just how dense the forest grows in these parts.

The thick growth is due to the typical rain and fog we have experienced the last 2 days.  The results make it hard to complain about the weather.

Thursday06/2654 | 41 °F
Thursday 50% Precip.
Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 54F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Thursday Night 70% Precip.
Showers this evening becoming a steady light rain overnight. Low 41F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Friday06/2753 | 40 °F
Friday 70% Precip.
Cloudy with occasional light rain. High 53F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Friday Night 60% Precip.
Periods of light rain. Fog late. Low around 40F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Government Camp, Oregon

We pulled in yesterday to this small ski resort town in central Oregon.  Population 202.  

The drive north from Bend is lovely.  Before long, Mt. Hood appears.

What’s noticeable at first glance is the magnificent mountain's sole dominion over the landscape.  Like some Rocky Mountain that broke from the herd.  It’s stupendously appealing in a less-is-more kind of way. 

The new WIN camp.

Jim, Donna, Gene

Though situated on a busy 4-lane highway, we are surrounded by beauty.  I guess that’s Oregon for you. 

View from the GDB living room

Timberline Lodge

Today begins in a cool windy drizzle typical of the Pacific Northwest.  Or so I'm told. But what a perfect day to motor up the 2-mile climb and tour historic Timberline Lodge.

Web photo

Look familiar?  That's because the lodge's exterior was used in The Shining.  

Web photo

This landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by the WPA during the Depression and dedicated by FDR.  Everywhere you look you find rich architectural and artistic detail.

Oil painting of the architect in one of the many alcoves.

Every aspect of the structure, including the furniture, was hand-crafted using native materials.

Timberline Lodge is owned and operated by the National Forest Service.  One of the most unique places you'll ever attend a ranger-led talk.  

Steve, our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide.
We even met the lodge mascot.  A Saint Bernard, of course.

Heidi (L) and Judy (R)

The lodge windows provide breathtaking views.  See if you can make out the chair-lift.  It was filled with skiers today.  

Here's a brief glimpse of the foothills through the heavy cloud cover.

The grey drizzling weather threatens to continue despite the hiking and kayaking plans for tomorrow.   Oh well, like all travelers, we hope for the best.  

                                                                     The End


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Night of the Moose

I’m overnighting at Bend's Moose Lodge.  Yet one more thing that, had you told me 2 years ago I'd be doing, I would have suggested that you resume your anti-psychotic.

What a great option for nomads.  The Moose is a respected social/charitable organization that offers a lot of activities at their many lodges throughout the U.S.  Mah-jong! Cribbage!  Any member can pop into any local lodge for a good meal, a drink, and a chat with the locals.  A great resource for information about what to see and do in an area.  Not to mention, a place to stay.  So I joined!

I was made welcome and treated to popcorn as we watched team USA versus Portugal in the World Cup.

Because we move to Government Camp, OR tomorrow, I decide to get a head start on all the usual household chores you have to do when your household is on wheels – dump the holding tanks, fill the water tanks, refill the propane tank, and air up the tires.   The GDB could use a good scrub but ... I’m not that ambitious today. 

Yesterday, we visited Tumalo Falls in order to hike and gaze at the waterfalls on a gorgeous summer day.

The trail wound through the majestic forest dominated by Ponderosa Pine, Fir, and Cedar.

The sight of the multiple falls was worth the trip.

Donna, Tom, Mary Jane

I'm happy to report that my new-ish hiking boots are getting a dusty workout.  I really like them. You know, new boots are always a gamble until you get out and really use them.  But I think these are going to accrue some good miles.

So much to see and do here around Bend.  

Here's host, Diana.

So long Mount Bachelor.