Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mt Hood and Timberline

On our last day in Portland we went up to Timberline Lodge and Govt. Camp on Mount Hood with Robyn.  Sadly Gerald had to leave that day for a business trip, but we saw him the night before because we went to The McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale.  The place was amazing and I gather there are several of the McMenamins in the Portland area.  They have several restaurants, lodging, a spa, gardens, golfing, vineyards, movie theater, winery, distillery and a brewery.  They usual take over building with history and the Edgefield was built in 1911 as the county poor farm.  It's a 74 acre estate.

So about Timberline Lodge.  Built by the WPA - Works Progress Administration in 1936 as part of the "make-work" during the great depression.  This was one of the lodges built during that time.  The lodge opened for business in September of 1937 with almost everything used in the building being hand-made (door hinges to furniture) and from mostly local materials.  Crafts people were brought in, but the majority of the people were unskilled and learned as they went.  The outcome is simply stunning and amazing.

Here are some of the pictures I took from our day there:

Mt. Hood

Part of the lodge

Mt. Jefferson and to the left you can faintly see Mt. Washington

Mt. Jefferson
 The next few pictures are all from inside the lodge and show all the hand crafted furniture, fire grates, etc that were made for the lodge.  Even the loom that was used to weave things for lodge furnishings:

Mt. Hood

Heidi the Lodges St. Bernard

Since the early 60's Timberline has had a long line of Heidi's and Bruno's
They once lived full time at the lodge, but with the increase of people it
became stressful for the dogs, so now they live with long term employees and
come to work most days and greet visitors and wander the grounds.  Heidi was
so tired someone helped her lift her head for this photo.
CLICK HERE to see an adorable video of Heidi.  I tired to get this embedded, but I guess I don't know what I'm doing.
The lodge - isn't it gorgeous

As we were walking back to the car we spotted this little guy - someone had thrown him a piece of bread and he was having a good lunch.

Then we were off to Government Camp - a cute little ski village at Mt. Hood.  We had a late lunch/early dinner at the Glacier Haus.  A fantastic restaurant - if you're up that way I highly recommend it.

What a fantastic trip we had.  On the way home we blew a tire just outside of Portland on the 5th wheel.  We've had nothing but problems with this particular type of tire, so we went to a Les Schwab in The Dalles and bought a different kind that will hopefully be more durable.

My tooth extraction isn't quite as painful today and Maddie seems to be doing really good after her extraction yesterday.  Hopefully we'll get ourselves back to normal as we will be going fishing soon and there is to much to do to be sitting around taking pain pills.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,


Jennifer said...

What an interesting place! I love the rustic furniture, and it's in a beautiful setting too.

Sweet Tea said...

What a great time you had - so many things to see and do...Just read about your dental work. Glad the offending tooth "is outta there" and hope you're feeling better today!

Candace said...

I haven't been up to Mt. Hood since I was a teenager! What a great trip and the weather was just perfect for it!