It was a beautiful weekend getaway to Mt Hood, Oregon, passing through Portland. We picked a special hotel to stay overnight in Portland
before we hit the road to Mt Hood. This hotel is converted from an elementary school, where hotel rooms were at one point of time classrooms.
The hotel has a few small bars tucked inside a hallway, a patio restaurant, a brewery pub, and a theater. We also watched a telemark skiing movie
in that theater. It carries very cozy feel, where they have couches for seating rather than conventional cinema seats.
The next day, we drove through the Columbia River to Lost Lake, when you can take a breath-taking view of Mt Hood from the North. Though the
directions to Lost Lake was somehow misleading, we managed to drive there in time to do a 3-mile hike around the Lake.
We then drove closer to Mt Hood, and headed to Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Monumnent. It is located at the base of Mt Hood, where it has been a
ski resort since the lodge was built in 1937. The lodge itself is a peice of historic craftsmanship. From the architecture design to the furniture, it was
a well planned effort. We stayed overnight there at a small rustic room, and used the hotub for relaxation. Money well spent!
The next morning, we strolled up the ski hill for a loop trail. We were passed by skiiers and snowboarders that were going up to the top on a ski lift.
When we reached the first ski lift, we could see skiiers enjoying a crisp morning on Mt Hood in Oct.
It's confusing, isn't ? Breakfast at a school.
The hallway still gives a strong feel of a school.
Back in the days.
I thought drinking in school is prohibited.
I like the recycling concept, re-use the old heaters for hand rails.
Courtyard becomes a patio restaurant.
A glimpse of sunset
No minors in Elementary School ....hmm.
The family theater, where we were watching the telemark skiing movie "The Pact".
Just in case you wondered where you were after a few drinks.
Blackboard inside your classroom, sorry your hotel room.
Wow, what is that ?
Straight towards Mt Hood.
At Lost Lake, the perfect weather to enjoy the lake and the Mt Hood view.
Gotcha ....are you trying to hide from us?.
What else could you ask for? Fishing with Mt Hood view.
This view gave me a sense of calmness.
You may wonder how it happened millions year ago.
The crystal clear water in Lost Lake.
This is the first sign we saw on the trail.
Mushroom season has just passed, but we still found these few lying on the trail.
Finally we found a sign that has "Lost Lake" on it.
Getting closer to Mt Hood.
Timberline Lodge, here we come.
Unlimited view when we arrived at the base of Mt Hood.
It has been snowing for a while now.
Timberline Lodge, a National Monument.
Front entrance to the Lodge.
The logo of the Timberline Lodge.
A compass at the Main entrance.
Do you want to get to the top ? 5100 feet in 3.6 mile.
A view of Mt Hood from inside the Lodge.
On the slope, we can see Mt Jefferson in the south..
The chair lift relays to the top.
We turned around at the Chalet.
This chalet was under renovation ....for the new season.