Hood River Oregon

Drove up to the Hood River area to take some area photographs as the weather was beautiful, it was warm, and I really needed to get out of the house and start taking photos again. Hood River Valley, which spans the north slope of Mt. Hood to the South shore of the Columbia River Gorge, is the largest pear-growing region in Oregon, producing 50% of the nations’ winter pear crop—with an abundance of cherry and apples as well. At this time of the year, it’s the Annual Blossom Festival and this year marks their 50th Anniversary. Unfortunately, most of the orchards haven’t blossomed yet but they’re getting pretty close. Most of the orchards I saw hadn’t bloomed yet but the opportunity of taking a picture in a pear orchard with Mt. Hood in the background was worth it.

Mt. Hood, Oregon

Part of my travels yesterday was to find remnants of the old Oregon Route 30 that was built in the early 1900’s and went from Astoria all the way to Nebraska and probably beyond. A friend of mine who is a surgeon also dabbles in photography and is putting together a photo essay about the old highway. It’s off and on again pavement is reminiscent of the famous Route 66.

But before I went off into exploring that area, I came across a unique site alongside the Hood River that looked like it came from Chernobyl, USSR. Very spooky to wander around this dilapidated and abandoned facility. Take a look . . . .

Can you find the Russian logo?

Well, what do you think? Could it have been a mill used in fruit milling? A lumber manufacturing plant because it’s next to the Hood River? Or is this Chernobyl?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE ANSWER MAY LIE RIGHT HERE,



Spring Festival

It’s labeled as the Bend Spring Festival and worth visiting. Couldn’t resist the “monkey business”.


And what’s a festival without food and entertainment? At least the napkins are a steal.


Not sure if the acrobat is performing or trying to get a better look of the mountains in the background.


Can’t wait for summer to get here. T-shirts and shorts – Yay

I’m With This Guy

Well since my last post lamenting about the lack of spring around here, things started to pick up with warmer temperatures. But that didn’t last long as yesterday afternoon, it began with thunder and lightning followed by snow. Yes, that ugly white stuff came again. And I took off the snow blade from the ATV over a week ago!

While taking Scooter out for his morning jaunt in the back area, the snow started again. And the forecast is for off and on again snow.

I think I’ll have a sip of what this guy is selling.