A few weeks ago I found myself at a Parks and Recreation conference at the base of Mount Hood here in Oregon. It had a 'Camp' theme, naturally.
I'd never really been up this side of Mount Hood, and fall was just starting to arrive there. The river was beautiful.
And the setting historic.
I got some time to doodle during the conference sessions.
Which is always pleasing...
But I would have to say that the highlight of the trip was a lunch hour journey up the road a piece to Timberline Lodge.
Despite being a born Oregonian, there are many special places that I've never visited in this amazing state. And this is one of them.
It's been beautifully restored in many ways.
And it's relative proximity to the summit of Mount Hood is pretty remarkable.
But what really struck me was, no surprise, all the lovely detailing.
And the enormous wood timbers.
The icing on the cake was a splendid lunch at the lodge restaurant. It was a buffet and every single item was cooked and seasoned to perfection.
It was delicious - and I even had a little mini-dessert.
Visiting these special spots in Oregon and throughout the country has been officially added to the bucket list.