Monday, August 13, 2018

More Mount Hood Fun!

While in the Mt. Hood area, we stayed at a Snow Park in Government Camp. It was conveniently located, free, and we even got a glimpse of Mt. Hood!

One day, we went on a short hike to Little Zigzag Falls. The trail went through the woods, past some teaser waterfalls.

At the parking area was this old bridge.

We made it!

Right across the street from where we are parked is the road to Trillium Lake.

One day, Elaine, Judy and I walked around the lake. The trail is really bad and closed in one place, but we disobeyed the "Closed" signs and carried on...

It was a weekend day, and the lake is very popular!

But after the weekend, the WINs went back to kayak.

It was a lot calmer and just beautiful!

On another day, Dana and I went back up to Mt. Hood to actually hike a little of the Pacific Crest trail.

And I went back another time to take the chair lift up the Magic Mile chair lift.

I can't believe they are skiing here in the middle of the summer!

They came down right past me.

On the way back down, seeing Timberline Lodge from above.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I See Mt Hood - I Must Be Close to the Pacific Ocean!

Yes, we are nearing the end of our Lewis and Clark journey. On the way to our stop at Government Camp, near Mt Hood, I stopped off at Stonehenge.

I thought Stonehenge was in England, but this copy-cat was pretty cool.

But I had seen the original almost 30 years ago, so I wasn't fooled...

There was a nice view of the Columbia River, where Lewis and Clark traveled when they were approaching the Pacific.

Can you imagine their thoughts when they got to this view?

Our first outing was to Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood, where we had a great tour.

It's a beautiful lodge!

This mosaic is my favorite part of the lodge.

President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the lodge on this balcony back in 1937.

From here we have a view of Mt. Jefferson to the south, with the Three Sisters on the left.

Out in back of the lodge, we posed with our tour leader, with Mt Hood in the background.

Zooming in -

You can kind of see the paths the climbers take to the top. But the snow is too soft now for climbing.

We walked up to where the Pacific Crest trail is, so I could say I walked it....

And got a view of the back of the lodge.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tri-Cities, Washington -- Lots of Fun!

Our next stop was the Tri-Cities of Washington - Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. On the way, I stopped at Palouse Falls. Beautiful, but the road to the falls was terrible, and I was towing my trailer.

But I enjoyed looking at the falls with my new best friend.

We stayed at Hood Park campground. Quite a welcoming committee, but watch where you step...

The campground is really nice, but with their reservation system, most of us had to change sites more than once.

Our first outing was to Sacajawea State Park, at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Lewis and Clark camped here, and we posed in a remake of one of their dugout canoes.

There are quite a few White Pelicans around.

Just next door to the campground is a trail around some little lakes.

I walked it one morning and found another new friend.

The neatest thing we did at this stop was to go on a tour of B Reactor. This was the world's first full scale nuclear reactor, which operated from 1944-1968.

This is the reactor that produced the plutonium used in the atomic bomb dropped in Nagasaki in World War II.

Outside were some cute locomotives.

On another day, we got another dam tour, our third this summer. This one was of the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam. On the far left is the Lock.

There's a 100-foot fish ladder on both sides of the dam.

We weren't allowed to take photos, so I got these two off the internet. Our timing was perfect, and we got to see a double barge like this go through the lock. We were standing on the walkway on the left.

It was amazing to watch them steer the barges perfectly between the very narrow walls!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Ever Wonder How Toilet Paper is Made?

Well, we were determined to find out! So off we went on a tour of the Clearwater Paper Mill in Lewiston, Idaho.

It's hard to believe that toilet paper starts out like this!

Pulp arrives at the paper mill in gigantic trucks like this, with many, many wheels.

And then they dump it out by tipping the whole truck and trailer almost upright!

Somehow, the pulp gets made into a gigantic wet roll that will become toilet paper. Hard to get a picture because it was going so fast.

The paper is then dried. Each one of these giant rolls weighs 5000 lbs!

Then the giant rolls are rolled into long rolls, and then the long rolls are cut, all in a matter of seconds.

They also make paper towels and napkins, again starting from a gigantic roll. It was a great tour! I don't think they regularly offer tours, we just lucked out.

While in Lewiston, we also went to the Nez Perce National Historic Park -

And Idaho's first Territorial Capitol building, back in 1863.

One last look at our parking place at the Lewiston Elks Lodge. We'll really miss this place, and will definitely be back!