|Our first glimpse of Mt Hood. |
The temperature today in this area is the high 60's.
At Government Camp we took the Timberline Lodge Road up to Mount Hood.
Timberline Lodge was built in the 1930's as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. President Franklin D Roosevelt dedicated the lodge in September 1937. The lodge sits at 6,000 foot elevation on the southwestern slope of Mt Hood.
Timberline Lodge has been the setting in several films over the years including 1952 Bend of the River with James Stewart; 1960 All the Young Men with Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier; Lost Horizon in 1973 with Peter Finch, was filmed in the parking lot.
In 1981, World War III, starring Rock Hudson, was being filmed on the property, when the director, Boris Segal, was killed after stepping into the rotor blades of a helicopter in the parking lot.
The most famous of the movies showing Timberline Lodge however, was The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson (iiitttt'sss Johnnnny). Only an exterior shot of the lodge was used and it did not depict the property as it actually existed. No interior shots for them movie were filmed on the property.
It's warm here today but snow remains on most of the mountain. Snow sport activities are open and we saw several dozen skiers coming down the slopes. Mount Hood's elevation is 11,245 feet, although elevation numbers have varied over the years, and the snow remains year-round. It is considered the Oregon volcano most likely to erupt with the odds at 3 to 7 percent over the next 30 years. Not too likely, I'd say. The US Geological Society considers it to be an "active" volcano with the latest eruption being somewhere in the vicinity of 200 years ago.
The name Mount Hood was given by Lt. William Broughton, of Capt. George Vancouver's expedition group in October 1792. Lewis and Clark were the first Americans to see Mount Hood in October 1805.
|Mt Hood. In the far left of this picture, you can see the ski lift in operation. |
You can see some skiers too, if you look real close.
The lodge is to the left of the photo.
Our next stop was to see Trillium Lake and the much-photographed reflection of Mt Hood from it. The weather today is just perfect and we stayed awhile to watch some of the children as they were fishing...
|Lexie and me on the shore of Trillium Lake. Mt Hood in the background.|
|Trillium Lake and Mount Hood.|
|Little dirty dog who needs a haircut.|
|The mountain seen in the distance is either Mt St Helens or Mt Adams. |
I think it's Mt St Helens -- Wayne says it's Mt Adams.
|Along the Fruit Loop.|
|From I-84 you can see the railroad, the Columbia River and the bluffs overlooking the river from Washington.|
At Hood River we took I-84 east along the Columbia River Gorge again. Since we'd seen most of this stretch already, we didn't stop again, but we did see some nice sights we had missed in our earlier drive.