Mount Hood

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, May 31, 2007

Today, we ventured out to the infamous Mt. Hood. Like so many others, we watched last year as those climbers lost their lives in a snow storm on th mountain.

We made a few stops along the way, of course.(Kelly hates to go anywhere w/out making a few stops) We first stopped at the  Multnomah Falls. I don't think I've seen a water fall this high. It was almost 500 ft high. The pictures don't begin to do it justice. We also stopped at the Bonneville Salmon, Sturgeon and Trout fish hatchery. This was amazing. We saw millions of baby salmon and a sturgeon that was 10ft long and weighed 450lbs. Kelly spoke to one of the people working there and learned all about the spawning process. If you don't know, the salmon only spawn once in a life time. They always come back to where they were born to do it. And, because they are going to die the next day, the hatcheries cut off their heads and clean the eggs out of the female and the sperm out of the male and incubate them. (Pretty interesting)

We finally made it to Mt. Hood. We really wanted to hike, but after a couple attempts to find a place, we gave up. The mountain wasn't as big as we had anticipated. I guess after spending the winter in Park City, we were accustomed to seeing them. The wilderness here in Oregon is beautiful. The entire drive reminded us of some of our favorite spots in NC. We managed to get some pictures and the boys got a little climbing in. The weather was perfect and it made for a great day.

I did manage to pull off a little robbery on the way home. You see, in Oregon, they don't let you pump your own gas. They have to pump it. I stopped on the hour and a half drive home to fill up. I asked the guy to fill it up and went inside to buy a pack of mints with Collin. I came back out, thanked the guy and drove off. About 40 minutes later, when we were almost home I realized I only paid for the mints, not the gas. Not to worry...detective Kelly got on-line, found out where the gas station was and called them.(I just wanted to make sure they didn't get my license plate-ha ha) They were very grateful.
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