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.
The Girl and her intrepid Roommate stopped for donuts on their way up to Mount Hood. Cream-filled is the best!
The Girl wanted to post this older photo from The Guy’s last visit to Oregon because in exactly one month they’ll be seeing each other again! The Girl will fly to England and then to Malta for The Guy’s cousin’s wedding.
The Girl arrived at the airport 45 minutes before the bag check counter opens. Oops! She didn’t need to wake her roommate as early as she did – sorry, Roomie! Oh well, she’ll have a lemon-and-cheese croissant and some apple juice while she waits. The Girl has discovered that strangers are less likely to talk to her during her travels if she reads about infectious diseases and therefore may respond to said strangers with information about, for example, cholera.
Little Turtle found these super cute little fungi at Yager Tree Farm, where The Girl and her father always get their Christmas trees and wreaths. They were both terribly saddened to hear that one of the owners, Judy, passed away in October.
Little Turtle is pretty pleased with himself for how well he’s handling this high bridge! Not as high as that other high bridge, of course, but hey, progress. The gorgeous Opal Creek flows on by amidst those very unique rock formations.