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Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and the high desert to Bend

Friday, August 16, 2019

My friend, Diann and I have talked for years about doing a tour of Oregon. We met on Guam when she came to teach there and eventually she returned to Tennessee. I have visited her there and seen much of Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiniana, Missouri and other states with her.

This summer we met in Portland, Oregon and did a road trip of that beautiful state. We started out by going up the Columbia Gorge starting with Vista House which gave us an overview of the Columbia River and then on the the many water falls including Multnomah Falls. Bonneville Lock and Dam is fantastic and well worth a tour. What beauty! We spent the night at Hood River with a lovely view of the river.

Monday morning we went up to Mount Hood and toured Timberline Lodge which was an eye opener. I had not know what Government Camp was before but it was where the workers who built the lodge lived while it was under construction. Many of these people were homeless and without a means of working as is was during the depression so they were taught a trade, housed and fed while constructing Timberline Lodge. The lodge, furniture and artwork was done and is still there. The artist incorporated Native American themes and the natural habitat of the area.

From Mt. Hood we traveled down to Bend viewing the high desert and met with ALIHIKES who is the leader of the Love to Travel team here on SP. It was wonderful to actually meet face to face with someone I have known for years. We spent the night with her enjoying her home with the deer and other animals that came to visit.

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