If you missed the first installment of the Oregon Vacation, just click here to catch up on things. Otherwise, let’s begin chapter two:)
After leaving the campsite, Mr. Torres and I headed to Mt. Hood.
Mt. Hood is Oregon’s tallest mountain and home to Timberline Lodge, a Works Progress Administration project that was completed during the Depression.
The lodge has tours a couple of times each day (11am, 1pm and 2pm the day we visited) that share a little insight into the planning, creation and evolution of the lodge. Mr. Torres and I made sure to leave the campsite in time to arrive for the 2pm tour, but by the time we made it to Government Camp, the town at the base of the mountain, we were in desperate need of lunch. We stopped at the Huckleberry Inn and enjoyed an omelet and a burger and relaxed a bit. By the time we made it up to the lodge, we were able to hear the last five minutes of the tour and then wandered around on our own. There is plenty of information around the lodge to do a self-guided tour and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We also made sure to throw a couple of snowballs at each other:)
That night, we stayed at the Cooper Spur Mountain Resort. The thing about camping and not being able to shower for a few days is that when you finally are able to shower, it is the best. thing. ever.
So even though the shower head was one of those that is so low you feel like you need to bend your body backwards at a ninety degree angle to wash your hair, we took our showers, considered going back to Timberline Lodge for dinner and then promptly decided to eat whatever food was available at the resort. Fortunately, it ended up being delicious!
The next morning brought a few stops on the Fruit Loop which is a scenic drive through Hood River Valley’s orchards, forest, farms and vineyards.
Our first stop was Packer Orchard and Bakery and involved a huckleberry cinnamon roll for breakfast and lots of cookie samples!
If you’re ever in the Hood River area, make sure you stop by…you won’t regret it!
On our way back to Portland, we stopped at the second tallest waterfall in the US…
And then we drove to Portland and more adventures ensued!