Nancy visits the PNW!

August 11-17: Nancy flew all the way out to WA to visit us!!! We are so happy to see a familiar face.  We will take her from the mountains to the coast and all over Vancouver and Portland.

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The bagels are here!!!!! Oh, and so is Nancy! ; )

First day out: The Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls then Mt. Hood and lunch at Timberline Lodge.  It’s going to be 90º here today, so it will be nice to be up in the mountains where it’s about 10 degrees cooler.  As we drive along the Gorge we stop at a Lavender farm we see on the way.

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Driving along the Gorge.
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Lavender and sunflowers.
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Nancy at the falls!
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Ron and mom!

 

 

 

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Driving up Rt. 26, we see mt. Hood in the distance…

 

 

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It’s getting closer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We made it!
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No, I did not enhance the sky in this picture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timberline Lodge was built in 1937, and President F.D. Roosevelt dedicated the building as a monument to the workers who crafted it as part of the WPA or Works Progress Administration.  It’s known as the “People’s Lodge” because of the fine craftsmanship found throughout. Furniture, stained glass, art work, metal work, and wood carvings were all made by local artists and with native materials.

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Remember “The Shining”?  Exterior shots and aerial shots of the hotel were used in the movie.
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Here’s Johnny!

 

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Out front of Timberline Lodge. 6,000 ft up!
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The shape of the roof line was designed to complement the ridges and slopes of the mountain.

 

 

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Enjoying a drink and some local cheeses at the Ram’s Head Bar. We score a window seat and enjoy the view.

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The metal sign on the hexagonal fireplace reads: Timberline Lodge Elevation 6,000 Summit of Mt. Hood 11,245 Timberline lodge to Summit 3.6 mi Timberline Lodge to Mt. Jefferson 46 mi Snow Depth Average at Timberline 21 ft

 

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They still use the old mailboxes with dials and carved eagles on them.

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“I am very keen about travel, not only personally – you know that – but also about travel for as many Americans as can possibly afford it, because those Americans will be getting to know their own country better; and the more they see of it, the more they will realize the privileges which God and nature have given to the American people”. FDR 1937
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Mt. Jefferson in the distance.

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Dinner in PDX at the Waterfront Bite of Portland food and drink festival. Is there a weekend here when they DON’T have a festival?

 

 

 

 

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Music, beer, wine and local food, what could better?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheers!

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