My friends who put on the MQX Show, Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke, were in Portland this past week to arrange things for MQX West. I picked them up at their hotel Friday morning, and we made a day of going sight seeing in Oregon. Now, we could have gone shopping, but you can do that most anywhere, and we could have run around downtown Portland (but I didn’t want to scare them too much [Portland can be weird, but fun]), so we decided to take in some natural wonders instead. We started with one place I had not yet been to – Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge (Redrum. . . redruM!)
The outside of Timberline was used in the movie “The Shining,” while the inside was a lodge somewhere in Colorado (I think). The lodge looks a bit strange, as it still has the snow tunnel on the outside of it due to the presence of, yes, quite a bit of snow. Actually, you go up some stairs inside this tunnel to get to the ground floor of Timberline, and then up another flight to the first floor, where the view out the windows was a bit obstructed.
From Mt. Hood, we traveled north to the Columbia River Gorge and the Maryhill Mansion and Museum built by Sam Hill (what in the Sam Hill. . . ?). The gorge is populated by a whole herd of windmills, but they weren’t moving all that fast when we were there.
We had quite the view from Maryhill.
The weather and the company could not have been better, and they only had to put up with me turning around about three times and nearly running a red light once! It was a nice day to spend in the beauty of nature with some fun quilting ladies!