A few weeks ago I shared my highlights from the second part of my trip to the Oregon Coast. Today we’re heading east to the mountains. We drove north-east, via Portland, to Mount Hood. The mountain drive and surrounding scenery was spectacular, and different to the gum (eucalyptus) trees I’m used to seeing back home in Australia.
We stopped for lunch at the historic Timberline Lodge, overlooking the snowcapped Mount Hood.
The chilly outdoor temperature didn’t stop us from exploring the grounds around the lodge. The sweeping views were magnificent.
We warmed up inside the lodge, relaxing on the sofa, and watching the flames leap around in the stone fireplace. I could easily have curled up on a sofa for the whole afternoon with a good book.
I enjoyed the delicious, award winning Creamy Clam Chowder for lunch. I’d seen Clam Chowder on the menu at other restaurants during my trip, but this was the first time I’d ordered it. And, I wasn’t disappointed.
The photo below was our lunch view from a window beside our table. Gorgeous. I occasionally see snow during winter on the far distant horizon (Brindabella Ranges) from my home in Canberra, although it rarely snows where I live.
I’d love to visit Mount Hood again, and spend more time there absorbing the peaceful environment. And, eating Clam Chowder! Next week I’ll share more highlights from my trip, including a visit to Multnomah Falls.