Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sternwheeler & Railroad Trips - Etc.

This having fun is a lot of work. :-)  I thought I'd share a mishmash of photos that I've taken since our return, but my blog was filled with trip photos and sharing.  This photo below is of a wildflower that was planted in the planting beds in front of Multnomah Falls Lodge.  It's a Red Columbine.  I love my new camera, do you see all the fine filaments around the yellow part of the flower?
And my favorite - the Columbia Tiger Lily - I await it's blooming each Spring.  This is on the side of the road on the way to the Falls. 
Below is the graduation picnic celebration for my nephew Josh who just earned his Masters Degree!  Josh is my brother's 2nd oldest son, he's there in the back with the big beads on that his little girl made for him - with his wife, Lisa.  This was last week, just one day after returning from DC.  My sister Roberta on the left, my brother Rob on the right flanked by his 2 beautiful daughter's - Johanna and Jessica.  Johanna's husband Andrew is sitting in the back.  
Then on Father's Day we were invited to our youngest son's house - we watched the boys play all day then my son filled their kiddie pool with warm water and bubbles for a bath! 
A week ago on Thursday I escorted the Friends of Multnomah Falls on a free cruise on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge - this is a training trip for our volunteers.  It was a great day.  I actually struck the deal for this "comp" trip for the volunteers for the Friends of Vista House when I was Executive Director (and one of the founders) of the group over 25 years ago!  
Look at the blue sky above the boat! 
I wish you could have felt the mist from the churning paddle wheel at the back of the boat. 
Heading East up the mighty Columbia River at Cascade Locks. 
I love this boat. 
Yesterday I was taken with the wonderful neon green of the moss on our garage roof.  Hubby thinks he should clean it off, but I love the moss. 
A little zoomie on it. 
This morning, up early.. again.. and off to Hood River, 45 miles East from here.  Another comp trip for our volunteers - we boarded the Mt. Hood Railroad and chugged up the hill towards Parkdale, OR.  We stopped in Pine Grove for people to visit a fruit museum and I snapped this shot of Mt. Hood from there.  T'was a shame that there was a little pouf of clouds on the tippy top - but I still like this photo.  We travelled through miles of pear, apple and cherry orchards on the way.
The interior of the vintage rail car that we were in. 
This is the Hood River, bubbling along with melting snow from Mt. Hood. 
The colorful engine - due for a new paint job in a week. 
The lovely park that is to the left of where the engine is in the photo above. 
We bought tickets for our son Shawn and his wife Beth and our 2 older grandsons today and it was neat to have them go with us.  We are tired.  ::whew::  Do you wear yourself out living life to it's fullest?  I need a nap! ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. I love that neon green moss and my husband would also want to remove it! What is up with that? lol

  2. Teresa! Living life to the fullest can be hard work, but thanks so much for doing such a good job and sharing some of the joy of it with us!! Your pictures and narrative once more delight!!! I am sitting here smiling at you [and hope you are enjoying some rest] :)
    Gracie <3

  3. Teresa, you do the most fun things! And your photos are wonderful! I loved the boys in the pool with the bubbles!! And the moss on the barn! And Mt. Hood, so beautiful. The paddle boat, the train, all such great shots. You do indeed live life to the fullest! I love that about you!

  4. I have wanted to go on the Mt Hood Railway trip for a long, long time! I LOVE trains and well, you just can't beat the Hood River Valley/Parkland area for beauty, can you?
    LOVED the sternwheeler photos too---there is a family story that one of my ancestors (the one that disappeared without leaving any clues) or his brother worked as a gambler on one--in the south I think. Family history can be so interesting:)
    NO to getting rid of the moss! Tell your DH to embrace it; that it is part of living in the PNW...or that we, your bloggie visitors, vote no on getting rid of it. LOL
    Finally, I adore that columbine---and the pic with the boys in the bubbles is adorable!
    PS: Congrats to your nephew!

  5. Hello Teresa...Such stunning photographs again of your fabulous trip! I have just been catching up on your previous post too and your visit to George Washington's interesting and how wonderful is the dolls' house replica!I would love to visit myself one day.
    I love the moss on your garage roof too...I definitely think you should keep it!
    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful images...they are very special.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Susan x

  6. I love how you embrace life. It is what drew me to your blog in the first place. I love the photos. What a beautiful part of the world you live in.

  7. I get tired just reading your blog, you are on the go all the time. But at the same time you look like you are having a wonderful time and that is what is really important. Tell Dayle the moss needs to stay, it is beautiful. i know he will listen to me. Ha Ha.
    Hugs to you,

  8. Whew! You are one busy lady! I don't know how you keep up with it all and your house and yard too. I would fall apart. Lovely, lovely pictures. You are quite a talented photographer. One of the things my hubby and I would like to do sometime is take the Mt. Hood Railroad trip. We keep saying we're going to do it and then another year passes by.

    We're off camping again tonight. We've decided to rent a space for our camper on the Lake for the season. Much easier to just show up with clothes and food and not have to find a spot and pull the camper in and out.

    Have a wonderful weekend. If I know you, you'll have it full up!



  9. More stunning photos of your beautiful part of the world. The boys in the bubbles are so cute. We also seem to be busy all the time but wouldn't have it any other way. Love Anne x

  10. É tão gostoso te visitar e ver estas fotos tão lindas dos seus passeios.

  11. I know it must seem that I say the same old things every time I visit you...but your photos are just amazing! I guess you do love you camera. Well I have to say my favorite photos was the one where you and your family were around the table... all that food looked really good from here! I must be a little hungry. Oh...little info... I got my new computer today.. so I am up a running again. Yeah ME!!

  12. At last !!!!! .... Teresa, I've been having so much trouble trying to get here to leave a comment. I just love the photos in this post and the colours are amazing. Your new camera was certainly a good investment !! Mind you, I think the talent of the photographer is also a major factor and you really have the talent. I've enjoyed seeing all the places you've been to in the past few weeks. Wish I'd been there with you :) xoxox

  13. Wonderful photos of amazing places, Teresa! I especially enjoyed the trip on the sternwheeler....I felt as if I was there with your great description too :)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    Helen x

  14. You always have the best adventures my friend. You do take the best photos. Sending you some "happy" today. xox

  15. Goodness! How did I get so far behind?!?! Sorry I haven't been visiting has been crazy busy. Hugs to you sweet lady!!!


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