Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Quick and Easy Blog Post
An old friend, Jim Stone, is visiting for a few days so posting will be light and brief this week. Yesterday, we drove up to Mt. Hood for lunch at Timberline Lodge – about an hour-and-a-half from home.
You may recall that Timberline was used for the exterior shots of the lodge in the film of Stephen King's The Shining starring Jack Nicholson oh so many years ago. Here's how it looked yesterday:
The lodge, which was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was built by the WPA in 1936 and 1937, during the Great Depression. Here is one of the plaques about its origin:
Because I want to spend my time with Jim, these trip photos will be minimally annotated. It's hard to tell in this photo how big the fireplace is. It is the centerpiece of the round central hall:
The round balcony above the fireplace:
I like this Art Deco lamp in the room. There are several others in the same style:
Nice architectural detail:
And this fine, stone walkway:
This was our lunch table in the Cascade Room. We got there ahead of the midday crowd – barely - so were given a window table. Also, there were free Timberline Lodge matches. It seemed so odd; it is many years since I've seen them in a restaurant:
Clouds were low yesterday so it was impossible to see the top of Mt. Hood. Here a lovely image from Wikipedia of the mountain reflected in Mirror Lake.
And one more thing. Oregon has some quite interesting town names. Yesterday we passed through Rhododendron, Zigzag and this one – wait for it, always makes me laugh: Boring, Oregon.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Carl Hansen: Letter Writing