on Mount Hood, for Christmas 2006!
Yes we're bad.
Yesterday we headed North to spend a night at the lodge.
After ~140miles and ~2:45 of driving we arrived.
and went right out to hike the trails.
Throwing snowballs at the base of Palmer Glacier.
Perching on one of the giant boulders,
which are well buried under many feet of
groomed "bunny slopes" during the winter.
Back at the lodge, we met more of the wildlife.
(Uschi would love to play with the
Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels!)
A heated pool with a view!
and headed back to the room...
a view of Mount Jefferson to the South,
and western decor.
(creaky wood floors and knotty pine walls)
In the morning we sat in the lobby for a while
staring at the mountaintop, then headed back home
to the boys. Predictably, they had missed us...
He is a purring, mushy mess.
Vladi looks slightly annoyed.
"What did you bring me?" ...
"Those aren't French fries!"
Sorry Vladi, these are acorns we collected at a rest stop.
Hopefully they will be our oak trees some day.
It is no big surprise that Tanji is the most perturbed.
Cuddling Les' foot, while I give him petties.