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Mount Hood Summer Solstice 2015 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 30 Album Created: 23 Jun 2015 Last Updated: 16 Jul 2015
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To celebrate the 2015 summer solstice, I embarked on a four-hour, 96-mile public-transit journey from Wilsonville, through Portland, to Mount Hood, taking two trains and two buses. And that was just one-way — I had to repeat the process to get back to my truck!

In between the two four-hour commutes, I was able to spend another four hours at the Timberline Lodge ski area, which is the only ski area in the U.S. with lift-accessed skiing and snowboarding all twelve months of the year.

The historic Timberline Lodge is situated at around 6,000 feet, just over halfway up the southern slope of the 11,249-foot Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon. It was constructed between 1936 and 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression.

After enjoying a scrumptious all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at the Lodge’s Cascade Dining Room, I spent an hour taking over 250 photos of Mount Hood and the Magic Mile chairlift — one shot every 15 seconds — in order to create at ten-second time-lapse video.

Out of the 63 other photos I took on the mountain, 29 of the best are on display in this album. Entry number 30 is the time-lapse video. You can find more photos of this majestic peak in the Mount Hood 2010 album.

For the pictures I took during my eight-hours of public transportation to and from Mount Hood, see the Portland Area Mass Transit 2015 album.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Mount Hood Sum­mer Sol­stice.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
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