Our trip through Washington was a little truncated because of the fires burning in the East, but it does remind me how much raw, natural beauty exists along the West Coast. Nearly every drive is scenic. And, we had a chance to catch up with friends JP & Stephanie Nicols in Bellevue, which is always a treat.
We’re now meandering through Oregon, taking in the amazing views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood (haven’t gotten to Mt. Bachelor yet).
We’re currently writing this from the historic Timberline Lodge, which will easily give the Ahwahnee a run for its money for coolest lodge ever. The Timberline Lodge was built in 1937, dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and is packed full of historical artifacts from the pioneering days. It’s also full of hikers as it sits along the historic Pacific Crest Trail. These adventurers are badass!
This lodge survived the Great Depression, WWII, and a barage of other monumental accounts. More importantly, it served as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining”! It’s absolutely stunning, sitting in the shadow of beautiful Mt. Hood. If you don’t hear from us again, look for us here…
Next stop: Bend. Martin is particularly excited about the fact there are 21 microbreweries, so we may be there for a while. Besides, I’m stalling on the return to the real world. I’m not ready to face it!