Yesterday was my "live-in gardener" and my anniversary;
so we decided to take a day time adventure.
Off to Mt. Hood we went, about an 1 1/2 hour drive from Portland.
Our goal was to have lunch at Timberline Lodge.
Now if you ever go there it is a gorgeous mountain lodge
built by the WPA to give people work back in the 1940's.
Notice the details in some of the pictures.
The dining room serves a lunch time buffet.
When our children were young we would take them here
for Christmas Eve and have the buffet, plus a visit with Santa.
This was the view from our window.
I didn't get a picture of the salads and meat buffet,
but the dessert was fun to see.
There was alot of raspberry desserts to choose from and
quite delicious. The cookie I saved for the road.
Even the drapes were hand woven and
much of the furniture was hand made.
I loved the base of this table.
Of course I brought along some tea for after lunch;
so we stepped out on the patio for a sip of tea.
In the gaiwan was jin jun mei from China.
It really hit the spot for an after large lunch while sitting in the sun.
The view of Mt. Hood from the lodge.
It looks like you could just walk right up to the top,
but it isn't that simple.
It can be treacherous at times.
There still was some skiers, but the snow was melting fast.
This year I am trying to notice wild flowers.
It was fun to see what was on the mountain.
There were rhododendrons blooming too, but I didn't get a picture.
Along the road were several falls of melting snow.
This is always beautiful.
Come and visit and we can take a drive here.
It is stunning any time of the year.