134Days #232 Mt. Hood
Today we took a drive up Mt Hood to fish on one of the high lakes. We can see Mt Hood off in the distance on any clear day, unless there are trees or buildings in the way. It is always a beautiful sight. We look forward to seeing the first snow fall each year and not quite sure what to do about the uncovered ruggedness we see in the late summer when the snow pack has melted and provided us with water and electricity with the run off.
Some say this is an extinct volcano, but often we see whisks of white steam at the top of the mountain. It appears at the top like a white cloud in an otherwise clear blue sky. Today there was a faint drift of cloud across the peak. On the trip up we are treated to the view of the west side of the mountain.
The dissipating steam looks more like a bad job with the paint tool in Photoshop. In truth it is the actual halo of steam or cloud that is often seen at the top. Today it was more spread-out and misty than often when it is a well-defined cloud.
Just a tiny bit farther we come to Government Camp. Today there was a huge cycling event and the parking lot at Government Camp was full of vehicles with bike rack on the top or on the back. From this parking lot there is a great shot of Mt. Hood and the trails to the ski runs, this time of year they are hiking/biking trails. I was not able to get the last photo of the western flank do to the crowds. It is a bit closer, but not as pretty as this photo.
Tonight I close with the west side of Mt Hood.