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Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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Mt. Hood Village Resort and Emily's House

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Sunday, September 20, 2009

On 9/20/09, we arrived at Mt. Hood Village Resort , a full service campground in Welches, OR, about 20 miles from Mt. Hood. Our friend Mike Hartley flew from Ohio to join us on 9/22 so that he and Jim could take a 6-day backpacking trip in the back country on and around Mt. Hood.  I took advantage of this situation by scheduling a trip to Nashville to see my daughter Emily and her boyfriend, Seth, in their new home in nearby Hermitage TN. 

So, while Jim and Mike were having their type of fun trekking with 50 lb pack packs through wilderness, I was having my own brand of fun – staying in a guest room almost as large as our trailer with my own private bathroom and a great shower head.  Ok, for those of you in the civilized world, that may not seem like much, but it was heaven to me!  But the best time was just doing mother/daughter things with Emily like shopping and going to a chic flick.  I even enjoyed the luxury of watching an FSU game in HD on their large TV; although, on second thought, with the way FSU played maybe that wasn't so great!  I got to spend "quality" time with the grandpups, Leroy and Phoebe too.  The weather, which had been rainy, turned sunny with a hint of fall in the air on my last day there.  Emily and I went to check out the nearby J. Percy Priest Lake where we watched a sailboat taking advantage of the break in the weather. 

After four days, I flew back to Portland.  We had scheduled this so that I would be back a day before Jim and Mike needed to be picked up at the Timberline Lodge where the trailhead was.  On my way from the airport to our campground, I checked my voice mail and found out that Jim and Mike had to quit their backpack trip a day early due to high winds and snow predicted for that evening.  Jim wasn't sure how late my flight was coming in, so they booked the last room at Timberline Lodge.  After stopping at the campground to get the guys clean clothes, I made my way to the lodge.  On the way up, the temperature dropped about 25 degrees due to the approximately 5000 foot elevation gain. 

The room that Jim and Mike got for the night (remember, this was the last one available!) was a six bed bunkroom with bathrooms in hall way.  Kinda funky, but it gave them room to spread out their backpack stuff and get reorganized so that Mike could pack it up and take back to Ohio.  We ate dinner in the lodge's dining room that night, which was better than the microwave meal I had waiting for me at the camper!  The lodge is absolutely beautiful inside with a huge stone fireplace and wood details in every nook and cranny.  For you film buffs, Timberline was used for exterior shots of the lodge in "The Shining" (interiors were filmed at a Colorado lodge).  

We woke up the next morning to snow on the ground -- about an inch with more on the way.  We came back to the campground, where, because of the lower elevation, it was raining only.  That was fine with me as I am not ready for snow in October!
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