Just another day in Paradise! So the saying goes here in the Great Pacific Northwest. I have been entertaining a visitor from NYC for the past week, and we have been on the road for the past some days seeking adventure in both the states of Oregon and Washington. We returned home yesterday to take a break and catch a day’s rest before heading out again. I have so much to show and tell, so to speak. I thought I would start small with just a few photos of Mount Hood, Oregon, at Timberline Lodge. What a fantastic place! As always, the mountain (volcano) was swarming with springtime skiers and snowboarders. It is the only mountain in the US that has skiing just about all year long.
And when you’re done playing in the snow at over 6,000 ft elevation, drive back down to the community of Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge and enjoy the gorgeous scenery at one of the largest fruit orchards in the nation. Starting in mid April, the valley hillsides are flooded with big, white pear blossoms for miles around. It really is a sight to behold! Many of the orchards are still in bloom at the higher elevations of the valley, but many in the lower parts of the valley are, for the most part, finished blossoming. As well, cherry, apple, and other seasonal fruit trees put on a beautiful, flowery display this time of year. This area is one of my very favorite spots in the Pacific Northwest and I invite others to check it out!