Hood River

Saturday, July 14, 2007
We spent all day in Hood River. This little community has improved greatly since I was last there about ten years ago. The downtown historical part of the city is beautiful. Every building is early 19th century or a replication, and the homes surrounding the downtown area are all old foursquares, bungalows, cape cods, cottages, and farmhouses--all from early 19th century architecture.

After exploring the downtown area, we headed down to the beach, where it was much cooler. The breeze felt like air conditioning. It felt wonderful as it was over 90 degrees out. We watched the windsurfters and kiteboarders. It looked like so much fun that we entertained the idea of taking up one of these sports.

We ate lunch at a brew house high up on the hill overlooking the water & the downtown district, then headed for the Mt. Hood Railroad, where we took a two hour train ride through the Hood River Valley. Samuel loved riding on the train, although I felt it was a bit pricey, and the Willamette train that runs to Lake Oswego is just as good. The scenery was pretty, but it was incredibly hot, so I think that put a damper on how much I was able to relax and enjoy the ride. It also seemed like the three stops during the 2 hour ride took awhile. We might try the Polar Express or Thomas Train sometime for Samuel, but other than that, I don't think I'd take an excursion ride again. What made it fun was seeing how much Samuel loved inspecting the train & the questions he asked along the way.

Fun day with the family! . . . and, I might take up kiteboarding at some point. We'll see.


Anonymous said...

Karli~~ you should take up writing! I read over all of your blogs and you would be a good writer!! You have a lot of idea's and a very clever and unique way of saying just how you are feeling! Anyway- even if you never do --you have already written your 'own life!'
Love you, Mom

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