We’ve enjoyed exceptionally good weather almost everywhere we’ve been, in fact unseasonably good. Perhaps a little rain here and there where visibility marred a day or two but on the whole nothing to complain about.
Today, however, the cloud hangs low in the sky, threatening our planned visit to Mount Hood. Thankfully we had a peek of it on our way in on Friday with its snow cap and glaciers clearly visible and shining forth.
We leave the unit much later than originally planned,
forfeiting our walk at Trillium Lake and heading directly to the historic
We eat Sunday lunch in the Cascade Dining room.
It’s first come first served. We’re early and we’re offered
the view of Jefferson Mountain and the Three Sisters. With the fast-moving
cloud cover, we enjoy an ever-changing landscape. Ethereal pastels, ice whites
They have changed from their summer buffet to a set
course menu offering some choices within its four-course meal.
Pacing ourselves after a rather large lunch we sit in the
wood hewn circular lobby with its massive central stone fireplaces and its
trunk-wide supportive pillars and enjoy a little people watching. According to
the displayed list of “Lobby Etiquette”, we mustn’t nod off…..
The mountain beckons. We traipse up towards this perfect
view. Where did the clouds go? We’re too hot, too full, and carrying too much,
but it draws us in, magnetically up the slope, each step nearer delivering a
better view. We see the varied thrush again.
This is the last sighting of Martie’s new blue hat! After
taking photos, chatting on the return trip to fellow hikers and the general
hassles of finding restrooms and the car it’s missing. We embark on our second
hike of the day back up the mountain. No luck. Reception inform us that there
is a dedicated lost property but the lady who runs it is not in today and gives
us her number – voice mail. We’ll come back tomorrow.
On our return to the hotel parking, far down below us, we
see a mirror of a lake glistening within its surround of soft leafy hemlock
forests. We drive to it, to Trillium Lake, where more than perfect scenery
awaits. Outstanding unobstructed views of Mt Hood are enjoyed on the jetty and
along the 1,9-mile loop trail. We are immersed in trees, sky, water and the
mountain. Mother Nature’s artistry.