It was full on overcast by the time we got on the road in the morning, but we help out hope that the weather would get better as we went north.
Onwards to Crater Lake, one of my favorite national parks!
The weather most certainly did NOT improve as we zoned in on the park. Quite the opposite, actually. There was SNOW. In AUGUST! Cool experience though to see Crater Lake in such a different way in the summer!
As we continued north through Central Oregon and towards Mt. Hood, the weather continued to deteriorate. I feel as if this would frazzle most people, to get snow on their summer road trip, yet Mark was getting downright giddy with excitement and anticipation. Like, young kid going to the world’s greatest candy store level giddy. Why, you ask? You have to understand how just how much of a fan of The Shining that he is. Now, let’s put the pieces of the puzzle together. We were going to Mt. Hood. Specifically, the Timberline Lodge. You may know Timberline Lodge by its fictional persona in The Shining, the Overlook Hotel. Well, we were going to the Overlook Hotel. And there was going to be snow. Just like in the movie. This was going to be AWESOME.
One VERY important item of note: We were scheduled to climb Mt. St. Helens the next day! We were thinking that the snow may put a slight damper on these plans….
The snow was definitely coming down as we turned off the highway and onto the road leading up to the Timberline Lodge. We had the intro music to The Shining playing out of the stereo as we climbed. And climbed. And climbed. And finally, the hotel came into view, looking exactly like it did in the movie. Amazing.
After unpacking, we proceeded to have a few drinks (okay, a lot of drinks), and then hit the outdoor pool. We were a little surprised that the pool was open, given all the snow, but it was! I remember making a snow angel on the deck before Jeff Hardy’ing my way into the pool. We didn’t last too long in the pool because the water was so damn cold, but the hot tub looked perfect! I should mention that in addition to the snow, a thunderstorm had also rolled in, and THAT shut down the pool area. Something about being in water and getting struck by lightning? Whatever, we had insurance!
No worries though about getting kicked out of the pool, because it was dinner time! We put on some fancier clothes and then hit the steakhouse for some AWESOME grub.
After dinner, we went out and explored the area around the lodge. We may or may not have been belligerently drunk by that point at night. The snow was getting pretty insane now. Mark was lobbing snowballs at my head all the while yelling out “DANNYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!” F’n cool experience. But thankfully, we made it back into the lodge, and didn’t freeze to death in some maze. We would live to return home!
Needless to say, Mt. St. Helens would not be happening the next day. So more alcohol it was!