well, that plan didn’t go as expected…


Our little day trip to the Rose Garden  & Japanese Gardens in Portland didn’t quite end up being what we expected. 🙂

our short day didn't turn out so short.
our short day didn’t turn out so short.

We awoke  to a beautiful, sunny, morning and that convinced us to finally make the trip to Portland to see the Japanese Gardens and the Rose Gardens in Washington Park.  But, as is often the case with our Life Unscripted that wasn’t the way it worked out.

On the positive side — WE MADE IT TO THE ROSE GARDENS. I had been here before and I really wanted Peg to see the gardens. We picked the perfect day — the gardens really are at their peak right now even though the official Rose Festival is still a week away (June 5-7).

The problem came after we finished our visit with the roses. We were getting on noon and the paid parking scheme at Washington Park does not allow for paying, leaving, and returning the same day.  If you leave the spot you’ve paid for someone else can come in and occupy it even if your time has not expired.  So the ‘problem’ of what to do about lunch raised a few questions.

Oh Mountain, Where Art Thou

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This is Mount Hood the way we got to see it on Wednesday!
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A lot of people get to see Mount Hood this way — But, Oh No, Not US! In dozens of trips to Portland I’ve seen Mount Hood about 3 times.

When Kathryn learned of our stay in Junction City the first thing she asked was are you going to Portland to see Mount Hood?  And at the time I hadn’t been planning that but I could not remember if I had ever been, and Peggy certainly had not, so the idea lay as a serpent waiting to shake it’s rattles and jump up and bite us.  And it did yesterday.

So, she says to me, “Why don’t we go to Mount Hood?”

Now, mind you, we had planned a 200 mile day.  100 miles up to Washington Park, 100 miles back.  Easy Peasy.

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Elephants Deli from the outside — lovely tables, off the main street, a nice place to bring your meal outdoors and enjoy the sun shine.
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Inside, it’s a bit more hectic with people present. This shot from their website shows just the store, but add a few dozen milling hungry people and the deli/high-end convenience store mix takes on the feeling of something akin to a beehive!

Mount hood isn’t that far out of the way, we could do that.  Only 60 miles from where we were. So, we forsook our parking spot half an hour early, forgot about going to the Japanese Gardens, and headed off to the East.  To the Far East…. or so you might think from the name of the Deli where we chose to eat.  Elephants Delicatessen has been a fixture in Portland for almost 40 years and in keeping with it’s name it’s a veritable zoo (in the sense that it’s hectic and inhabited by every sort of human you could imagine). 2015052712464219 2015052712465422

Armed with a couple sandwiches (mine, a pastrami reuben) and some sweet potato tots we found a table and enjoyed the show.  I love how good Portlandians about bussing their own tables!  And the way they actually look for the containers to place their recyclables!

But from there we headed off in search of Mount Hood, which as you can see was not displaying all her glory on the wonderful day we choose to visit.

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Viewing Eastward from near Timberline Lodge
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Timberline Lodge — A National Historic building dating from the early 1930’s. I can’t imagine the effort it too to come up here in those days!

We did enjoy the drive immensely — so many tall trees, so many gorgeous valleys.

While at the summit we checked out Timberline Lodge — now one of two lodges on the mountain operated by the Federal Gov’t and two of many private facilities built to cater to the ski and summer recreation crowd.

As we headed down the mountain we sort-of-decided that since one of our goals before leaving OR was to spend some more time EAST of the mountains that maybe we would take a drive back towards Bend and Sisters and enjoy the flatter, drier scenery for a while.

That idea was wrought in folly though.  I honestly thought there was a road that would keep us closer to the mountains and not drag us halfway (exaggerating) across the state before taking us back to the West.  As it was we drove SE as far as Madras, then South to Redmond, then back east to Sisters, Back North to the junction of US-20/Rt 126, and then SW to Eugene and back North to Junction City.  The sun had just set as we drove into the lot at the end of the day.

What had intended to be a 200 mile day turned into a 418 mile day — but one we thoroughly enjoyed.2015052717504538
Shortly before Redmond we stopped at an interesting wayside.  This single arch bridge used to be the sole passage across the 300′ chasm below.  Built in 1926 it was designed by the same engineer who designed many of the Oregon US-101 bridges along the Coast and was at the time it was built the highest single arch span in the US.  Needless to say the process of building that bridge must have been harrowing — as you look DOWN those 300′ to the craggy riverbed below.

IN spite of the mileage it was a wonderful day.  The roses were beautiful.  The mountains were beautiful, and we had a lovely chat as we drove through the country.  All in all a very pleasant day — even if our butts were tired by the time we arrived back home.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.2015052712360362 2015052712371166

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8 Comments

  1. That’s a lot of driving but I think you broke it up nicely. It is quite amazing to look at the engineering feat of some of our bridges. It seems one almost has to be a daredevil to erect one.

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    1. Believe me! That was Not in our minds when we started out!

      It turned into a lovely day, and we enjoyed each part of it, but had we known we were ending up in Madras/Redmond/Sisters I would have been tempted to bring along an overnight bag so we could take the day a little slower and see even more. I failed to bring my Rand McNally GPS and worked off the iPhone and it’s not quite the same.

      The bridges out here are amazing. The steel ones, yes. But they have a lot of concrete bridges — all designed by the same person — on US-101 — and they are all quite beautiful in their own right.

      The job of Steeplejack, or ironworker has always fascinated me. I’m not proud, but neither am I ashamed to admit that I have ‘issues’ with heights. I fly but don’t like it, I rarely get into a tram gondola, and I hate being 6’ off the ground on a ladder — so seeing these places where people have worked, worked hard, at 300 feet above the ground — with no net in those days — they inspire me like little else. I’m awestruck.

      And there were a fair number of men who lost their lives doing such work — only one on that bridge I showed (if I remember the interp board accurately) but ‘work’ used to be a lot more risky and dangerous. When I hear the things that employees complain about today I’m almost insulted because our population has little concept of what real danger is — when compared to people living in third world countries — or in our own a few years ago.

      And don’t get me started on TV shows like House Hunters where everyone has to have granite counter tops! and updated kitchens with islands and gas stoves only and stainless only. We all live better than kings today, even many of our lower income population that complaining about such things seems absurd. But…. I got started without a push. 🙂

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      1. Then and now…gets me going as well. Child labor laws went into effect for a good reason but if the people making those laws would have been able to see how corrupted the idea has become I’m sure they would have worded them differently. Today’s children are too frail and lack the toughness and grit of earlier generations.

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      2. I agree with you completely.

        I think not just Child Labor Laws, but adult ones as well. WI is going through all sorts of angst about Gov. Walker’s move to kill unions in the state and while I’m not a Walker fan I do think that unions have largely outlived their purpose. Like many things there was a time when they were needed but I think that time has ended. When I look at the lifestyle that the union bosses live off of the dues paid by members it’s clear to me that they aren’t much different than politicians playing power games at every juncture.

        But, not many people agree with me on that one. I had a chance to join the Hospital Employees Labor Program when I was a C.O. doing my alternative service in Chicago and instead I chose to take a stand on the other side. We shuttled employees who wanted to come to work by car from home to the loading dock at the hospital. One of my good friends died as a result of actions taken by the union trying to prevent him from backing into the dock. I’ll never forget the jeering about him getting what he deserved for crossing the picket line — and most of the people picketing were not employees — they were union organizers. Left a bad taste.

        When I drove truck I had to carry a card — got absolutely nothing from the union because I was an over the road driver. But still had to pay dues. Grrrr.

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      3. Don’t get me started on unions…I do believe they are the reason that manufacturing companies have left the US and gone to foreign countries. So many times the unions have demanded more money to the point that companies cannot pay any more.

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  2. Timberline Lodge…the backdrop of the outdoor scenes from The Shining. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park was the interior shots. Diana and I were talking about Mr Hood the other day, while we were in an outdoor store in Traverse City. They had bikinis in the skiwear section of the store. The only place we ever witnessed bikini skiing was on Mt Hood in July, 1996. 🙂

    Jim

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