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This is her Story

It was an awesome experience for me to have skied in the northern hemisphere in August! Skiing was on the Palmer Snowfield which is only open in summer because Winter actually brings too much snow to the top of Mt. Hood. Conditions were similar to what Chute on Snowden Mountain at Killington were like this spring. Like a snowcone but lots of fun as my rental skis cut right through the crud. Mt. Hood elevation is 11,240 feet and is visible from my sister’s house in the “high desert” in Madras, Oregon which is a good 60 miles away “as the crow flies.”

On August 26, we stayed the night at Timberline Lodge  a historic landmark which was built at the foot of Mt. Hood in the 1930s as one of Roosevelt’s W.P.A. projects. Bright and early on Aug 27 I was suited up to ski. The first lift up is called the “Magic Mile” lift, and Ted rode up with me because it was open to non-skiers (no snow below). When I hopped off the lift, I put on my skies and took the Palmer lift to the top. The Canadian Ski Team was working out there so we “civilians” were only allowed to ski on skiers’ right of the divider.

Apres ski, we headed to Madras to celebrate my sister Marie’s 70th birthday. The remainder of our days in Oregon were filled with far-away trips to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Crater Lake, Black Butte Ranch, Silver Falls, and a formal dinner in close-by Bend atop Mt. Bachelor which is owned by Powdr Corp. We logged hundreds of miles on this trip, but it was fun because there were barely any cars, and we had the most fun revving up to 100 miles per hour in our red 2012 Mustang rental. Wow-ee!

On Sep 3 (Labor Day), we topped off the trip with a wonderful dinner at Salty’s, a seafood/jazz restaurant on the Columbia River in Portland not far from our airport hotel. Our flight departed for Newark at 7 am yesterday (Sep 4), and now we are home with great memories of a perfect trip.


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