To celebrate the 2015 summer solstice, I embarked on a four-hour, 96-mile public-transit journey from Wilsonville,
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
For the pictures I took during my eight-hours of public transportation to and from Mount Hood, see the Portland Area Mass Transit 2015