In the construction itself, great hand-hewn foundation stones were moved into position by laborers. Enormous wooden beams were hewn from the native fir trees. In later years an out-of-doors swimming pool was added. It's entirely possible to ski during the day and relax in the heated pool in the evening.
On a clear summer day, under blue skies, you can stand on the south-facing stone portico and look down the chain of Cascade Mountains stretching on for miles to the south. Three Sisters, Black Butte, and on even to Mount Shasta in Northern California. Looking southeast you see the plateau of golden wheat land in eastern central Oregon, and uncounted buttes and peaks stretching off toward Idaho and Nevada. You can imagine launching yourself on a hang glider and ending up in the Deschutes River, fifty-some miles to the east. It's one spectacular view!
Dining in the lodge. The lodge restaurant menu items are limited but promise high quality cuisine. A couple of weeks ago the prices were too elevated for me. I went down the road.
The lodge has stood there in wind, rain and snow for eighty years! And, if Hood can avoid erupting and other factors remain equal, this treasured building can last for another eighty years. I commend The Forest Service, on whose land the lodge sits, for the careful management and stewardship it's given to the lodge and to the national forests in the Pacific Northwest
May the public-minded spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt live on in the historical consciousness of these United States of America for all the years to come. Decades and decades.
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