Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mt. Hood

We took a Sunday drive out to Mt. Hood which is about an hour outside of the city. It can be seen on clear days from Portland and is around 11,000 ft. in elevation. We stopped at the historic Timberline lodge, around 6,000 ft. The exterior was used in the film The Shining for the hotel that they watched over.

Inside Timberline lodge this rock fireplace had opening on 2 if not 3 sides for fires and was three stories high with fireplaces on each level. It was a beautiful lodge inside made from primitive tools and hand-wrought iron work, all an amazing testament to craftsmanship. I think it was completed in 1939. The tunnel pictured below was added in the past few years.

The snow gets so high here- there were pictures from the 1940's of people actually skiing over the building. As you can see in the picture above, snow is halfway up the building!

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