Today was another hot day here in the northwest. The temperatures were in the upper 90's. So what do you do when it's this hot out? Have a snowball fight! Ok, so there is this huge mountain right next to us.
After lunch we drove up to Mt Hood. At 11,237 feet there was still plenty of snow on the mountain. We arrived at the Timberline Lodge, parked the Blazer, and started climbing up the snow. It didn't take long before snowballs started flying. It was a lot of fun.
After playing in the snow for a while, we walked down to the Timberline Lodge to have a look inside. The lodge was built from 1936-37. From what we had heard, we were expecting something a bit larger and grand. But this had a smaller cozier lobby.
As we returned back to the RV, we stopped at a couple of Geocaches along the way. The first one was near a gravesite along the Barlow Trail. It was the final resting spot of an unknown woman who was buried in the 1840's. Research found a story of a man and his two young children passing through one of the toll gates who spoke of his wife being very sick. After camping at the site for a couple of days she had died. He buried her at the spot, marked it with a cross, and continued west with their children.
This was also the first Geocache that Lucas had found all by himself. He held the GPS, found the stump, then found the Geocache box. You should have seen his face when he lifted it high in the air!
Our next stop was the last of the old toll gates along the Barlow Road. Opened by pioneer Sam Barlow in 1846, this passageway was the first toll way along the Oregon Trail. This tollgate was located here from 1883 to 1918. The first automobile passed through here on Aug. 29, 1903. Although this wasn't the original gate, it has been restored twice since 1918 with the last time in 1992.
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