We planned our Oregon trip hoping to enjoy forest hiking in early Spring weather. Instead we were confronted with late winter weather. Sue is standing in a light snow fall in front of our exchange time-share unit at Whispering Woods, a short distance southwest of Mount Hood.
The winter weather forced us to change plans from hiking to cross-country skiing. The first day we had the skis, we were able to walk right out our door and ski on the fairways of the golf course that was beside our time-share unit. Here's Gene standing on the golf course outside our unit (in the center of the picture to the right of the large tree).
After skiing, it was time to try out the other facilities offered at Whispering Woods. The water in the pool was a comfortable 85°F. Swimming was fine; getting out was the hard part.
After a swim, there's nothing like a good soaking in the jacuzi. Note the snow in the background.
The next day the sun came out, the roads were clear, and we drove up the road to ski on the southern slope of Mount Hood. We followed a 4.5-mile loop trail that circled around Trillium Lake.
The snow was rather deep, as can be seen here.
When we got to Trillium Lake the view across the lake and clear to the top of Mount Hood was magnificent. Timberline Lodge is located right at the timberline on the slope of Mount Hood.
The gray jays at Trillium Lake were not afraid to claim their share of anyone's lunch.
Timberline Lodge was built during the Depression as a WPA project. Everything including the furniture and draperies was made on site. The lobby area is supported with six giant columns, each made of a single tree. Note that even some of the second story windows are covered with snow. We returned here again the next day after Eric, Rachel, and Violet had joined us.
By the next day, the snow had melted at the lower elevations by Whispering Woods, and we took a hike along the Salmon River at the Wildwood Recreation Site. The trail is well marked with nature displays and in the wetland areas beside the river we saw newts and beaver dams and at an underwater observation area we saw baby salmon.
The moss and ferns are abundant and picturesque in the Oregon forests.
March 21 was our 43rd wedding anniversary. We celebrated at the Rendezvous Restaurant with a delicious dinner of salmon fillet on rice and vegetables covered with mango chutney. We look forward to many more anniversary celebrations in the future.
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