Our sweet stay was at the base of the mountain, so just a short (and steep) drive away was the gorgeous Timberline Lodge. We loaded up in the Toyota 4-Runner, turned up some Christmas music, and off we went! The roads were caked in ice up towards the top, but we didn’t feel a single slip.
There is little that fills my heart up like loading up my favorite people into the car and exploring somewhere we’ve never been before. It was striking how familiar and yet how foreign mountain roads can feel. We often drive up to Baker, and this felt similar but all together different. As we rounded the final bend and Mt.Hood was in total view, it was shocking and bright to see somewhere so different.
My wanderlust, since this trip, is in overdrive.
The light on the mountain was out of this world. Glowing gorgeous, and illuminating every tree in perfect silhouette, we explored through the lodge, and around the back. Where the view of Mt. Hood was striking. I’m so used to Mt. Baker, and having this incredibly different view was stunning. It stoked the fire in me to want to visit more mountains, and prodded at my already growing wanderlust just a bit more.
After enjoying the lodge and views we hiked around a little before we headed back to the car to warm up, my oldest took some time hanging out on the little pullout loading deck with our pooch, watching the cars work their way down the icy roads.
This quick visit up to Timberline has quickly added a new vacation spot to our list, I’ve got some high hopes of getting back to Mt.Hood for a stay in that gorgeous lodge sooner rather than later.
Also? Anyone ever been to Timberline… recognize the outside? Possibly from one of most famous horror movies EVER??? I’m only minorly horrified about staying there and meeting a possible other tenant in the bathtub, eek!