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McMenamins Grand Lodge 2016 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 34 Album Created: 23 Jan 2017 Last Updated: 28 Feb 2017
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As part of my continuing McMenamins Passport adventure, in August 2016 I met my son at the Grand Lodge to watch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens outside, at night, under the stars.

Because this was my first visit to Grand Lodge, located in the western Portland metro suburb of Forest Grove, I arrived about five hours before the movie was to begin so I would have time to explore this historic, beautifully-​restored, grand prop­erty.

My first stop was the Ironwork Grill, the main restaurant on the property, for an early, light supper. I enjoyed lamb skew­ers and a salad, with a McMenamins beer, of course!

Next, I explored the inside of the main hotel building, wandering up and down the corridors admiring the abundant artwork for which McMenamins is so famous. Then I went outside to see the rest of the property, including Pat’s Corner, the only venue serving food and drink outside of the main building.

Later, as the sun was setting, a large inflatable movie screen was installed on the grass near Pat’s Corner. I claimed a decent spot for my son and I, then set up some camping chairs I had brought. As dusk deepened and evening ap­proached, my son and I chatted and waited for the show to begin.

After a very enjoyable movie outside under the stars, I left Forest Grove around midnight. The drive back to Al­ba­ny takes almost an hour and 45 minutes, so I didn’t get to bed until about 2:00!

I took a total of 48 pictures while I was there. The best 34 can now be viewed in this album.

It was a wonderful outing ... until I woke up the next morning and discovered the bad news. For the rest of the sto­ry, be sure to click over and read the entire article.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Star Wars at Mc­Men­a­mins Grand Lodge.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
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