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Jul 31, 2012 - Mt. Hood - Timberline Lodge

Short tour day today – to Mt. Hood and the Timberline Lodge. Mt. Hood elevation is 11,245 ft. During the 30’s Mt. Hood’s southern flank seemed a natural location for a lodge to meet the needs of skiers, hikers, climbers and sightseers. When the Great Depression hit, President Roosevelt formed federal agencies like the Work Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to put millions of jobless Americans back to work. The Timberline project provided life sustaining jobs for over 500 men and women, many over the age...

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Jul 30, 2012 - 'Shirley' day

Today was a ‘do nothing’ day or, as we now call it, a ‘Shirley Day’. One of our group likes to have a sleep late, loll around day once in a while. Guess what – her name is Shirley. We are all so sharp we dubbed these days in her honor. I parked myself in Peter’s house, on his couch, surrounded by my laptop, phone, Kindle, beads with WiFi and TV – all day. I don’t even do that at home !!!!!! Bob went salmon fishing at 5am – but no luck so far.

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Jul 29, 2012 - Vista House - Bonneville Dam

Out touristing today – Peter recommended a scenic road and a couple of destinations. A later start than usual for us because several went out to breakfast. Bob and I passed. We were still full from yesterday’s repast. It was a cloudy start but not raining so we were okay. The first stop along the scenic route for us was the Vista House – “a temple to the natural beauty of the Gorge”. It was built in 1918 as an observatory at Crown Point to view both up and down the Columbia River. It was also to be a memorial to the trials and hardships of...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Travel Day

Today was an easy travel day - only 130 miles. We are visiting Gerhard's son and family for a few days - Peter and Theresa, Mackenzie age 15 and Grant age 16. Nice family. We are camped in Peter's yard with Gerhard and Cheryl - Wertzes and Voegtlins are in another family members yard about 5 miles away. Grant is an avid fisherman - Bob can't wait. Theresa's family was having a cookout/reunion and we were all included. Nice family and tons of good food. Good day - very relaxing.

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