My sisters Roberta and Denise and honorary sister Shirley went to Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington yesterday for an early birthday celebration for me. :-) We got a lovely table by the window and this was our view. Nice, huh? That is the Columbia River and Oregon across the river. We're looking East.
This is a zoom, that is Wind Mountain with Dog Mountain right behind it. I climbed to the top of both of them while attending Camp Wind Mountain, a Girl Scout Camp, when I was was in grade school. Great memories.
I had the bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries.. the server forgot to ask how I'd like it cooked and it came very rare and we had to send it back. Funny thing is the server then brought me a birthday sundae "to give me something to do while waiting for my meal". LOL! So, I had some fries, a few bites of burger, then ice cream and cookie, then another burger that I was too full to eat and had to bring home. LOL! Oh well.. it was all good.
After lunch we had a wander around the lodge, this is the bar with a wonderful rock fireplace - that's a photo of Lewis & Clark on the mantel.
On down to the main lobby with an even more massive stone fireplace with a fire crackling in the hearth.
Looking out across the lobby to the river view. I must say we enjoyed browsing the gift shop which has a nice collection of Pendleton bags and blankets and other woodsy gift items.
As we left the lodge I pulled over to snap this shot of the front of it.. it's quite an impressive lodge and I've always felt that it looks very similar in design to Timberline Lodge. Very Pacific Northwest. It is called Cascadian Architecture. This area is part of the Cascade Mountain Range.
A closer look at the lobby center area.
We then drove the short distance into Steveson, WA for a cruise about.. we stopped at "Bob's Beach" where the windsurfers launch from for a short time to just enjoy the view of the river.
I then drove us down to the boat launch and park to show the girl's where we take our boat and tie up at the dock and let the boys swim in the summer while we have our picnic dinner. :-)
The local sheriff's were just loading their boat on the trailer after rescuing a boater who's engine had died. I actually thanked the sheriff for his work helping boaters in distress. Who knows, one day we might need their help!
Isn't this a nice free birthday dessert? :-) My sister Roberta bought my lunch for my gift, Shirley gave me a scented candle and 2 lovely greeting cards and Denise gave me 2 loaves of her homemade wheat bread along with a jar of peanut butter and jam for us to take on our trip to the beach! Thanks, ladies!
Today we have to go get my driver's license renewed.. ugh. Then home to do more packing.. and tomorrow we drive to the beach for a whole week of seaside fun! The next time I check in, it will be from there.. so.. see you on the flip-side! Have a great weekend! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)