Today we decided to get out and enjoy the late summer weather. So we went to Starbucks out in east county, then drove up Hwy. 26 to Mount Hood to take the back way to Hood River. It was about 4:30-ish, and we were completely avoiding all the rush hour traffic. We saw this sign just as we got past the summit of the mountain that said "Pioneer Woman's Grave." So we backtracked and ended up driving more than two miles through the woods to the old Barlow Trail. We hiked back in the woods a ways, but we weren't dressed for it. Bad shoes and clothes and no water or anything.
Anyway, we thought we'd missed seeing the grave, but we had only managed to drive past without seeing it. So, on our way back to the highway, we stopped and visited the grave.
Naturally we had left home without the digital camera, something we will not do again on this vacation
! No, I'm never going to be another cruisedirector
with fantastic photos every day. But it would have been cool to have gotten a picture. Instead I'll put this link
to some info and photos.
Now I'm going to have to find these other graves listed. (I *love* old graves and graveyards. Those destroyed cemeteries in New Orleans are bothering me as much as anything. I've probably spent as much time in those as I have in bars in the Big Easy -- that's a lot of time.)
God, it was a gorgeous drive. The land around Hood River is amazing, all the orchards and farms. And, of course, the Columbia River Gorge is one of the most beautiful sights on this planet. (See earlier post about Vista House
I love living in Oregon.