|Photo- Look out Johnny--- Here's Jeanne!|
Supposely the prop that was used in The Shining.
I got up early and went up to the second floor lobby area. They had coffee and tea set up for guests to partake of. It looked pretty but very windy outside and people that went outside were very bundled up. I thought I would wait inside for the restaurant that serves breakfast starting at 7:30 am.
I had a wonderful breakfast buffet at the Cascade Dining Room here at the Timberline Lodge. I had waffles with blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries with a bit of whip cream. Awe! It was like heaven in waffle territory--- what can I say I LOVE my waffles!
|Photo- The wonderful volunteer for the National Parks |
that gave the tour of Timberline Lodge.
|Photo- Sign on the Pacific Crest Trail.|
|Photos- The wonderful scenery along the Pacific Crest Trail.|
Next, I went out on the Pacific Crest Trail which is an actual trail in the US that hikers can take from Mexico border to the Canadian border. In fact, earlier on when I was waiting for the tour to start, two hikers came in with full backpacks that were looking to set down their packs and see if they could find a ride into town to get some supplies for their hike. I hiked the Pacific crest trail but for only about 2 miles. It was neat knowing that other hikers had done the whole thing and my steps had followed some of theirs even if but just a short bit.
|Photo- Part of the main street area of Government Camp.|
I opted to go down to Government Camp to check it out and maybe catch some lunch. It’s a cute very small ski type of town. There was one main street with a few restaurants, a couple of hotels, a few ski equipment rental places, a gas station, and one general grocery/liquor store. Off to the side of that there were a bit of vacation rentals/resorts, and a little bit of apartments. I found a little store that happened to be open; it’s off season right now with Timberline’s skiing being closed for a two week period right now. So it was a bit of slim pickings of where you could eat. It was a choice of a deli or the tavern; and I choose the deli.
|Photo- A view of Trillium Lake where there's a wonderful reflection of Mt Hood.|
After that I opted to see about possibly burning off the “Grilled Goofy” sandwich that I had; which was basically a Reuben sandwich without the sauerkraut. I drove over the short distance over to the Trillium Lake where I took some wonderful pictures where Mt Hood reflects into the lake. I then hiked the 2 miles a hiking path with boardwalk areas over swampy areas that went around the lake. There were people fishing and paddle boating out on the lake. There’s also a very good sized camping area at the state park that surround the lake.
|Photos- Various interiors of the Timberline Lodge.|
I drove back to the Lodge where I proceeded to go around on a self-guided tour of the art that is here in the public areas of the Timberline Lodge. A majority of the 1930’s original art pieces are part of the WPA when the Lodge was built; quite a few have been lovingly restored. There are oils paintings, carved wood reliefs, inlaid wood art and watercolors. Some of the art is from the 1950’s when the Lodge was restored. It all fits in well with the rustic atmosphere of the Lodge and then combined with all of the wrought iron details it makes for a wonderful tour.
|Photo- Ram's Head Bar on the 3rd floor of Timberline's Octagon.|