What a coincidence! Little Turtle got to meet The Girl’s grandmother Carletta, who was at Timberline with some of her motorcycle buddies! He also got to meet some of the motorcycle buddies, and had no idea The Girl’s grandmother was in a bike gang.
(The Girl’s note: Carletta is not in a bike gang. But that would be something to brag about.)
Little Turtle learned all about the history of Timberline Lodge, as well as their historic preservation and cultural stewardship. Maybe some time he’ll get to stay there!
Little Turtle can hardly imagine going 2,000 miles on foot – what a grueling journey! Of course, his steps are very small.
Made it to the mountain! Little Turtle was pleasantly surprised at how warm it was, even at the same altitude as patches of snow. The Girl was so careful to bring warm clothes and she didn’t even need them!
Little Turtle catches his first glimpse of Mount Hood! There was a little bit of construction on the road, but it didn’t slow traffic down much.
Little Turtle, The Girl, and Hiking Buddy went out mushroom hunting in Estacada, Oregon. No mushrooms to be found, unfortunately! They did get some nice views though.
Ahh, there is the ocean mist we see so often in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you, Oregon, for having cloud cover and such pretty, dramatic fog even in the height of summer.