What do people who live on the beach like to do for spring break? We go to the mountains of course! Isn’t the grass always greener on the other side?
This wasn’t really a ‘planned’ trip. My little boy had recently joined an awesome Boy Scout troop and was going to stay at a lodge on Mt. Hood. He hadn’t spent time away from us like this before, so we wanted to be close by. Conveniently, our fourteen year anniversary was coming up on March 15th and so we thought how perfect it would be to make an anniversary trip out of it as well.
We did some looking online for cabins to stay in. Looking to find one within budget last minute was a little challenging, but then we found the ideal place. It was the most perfect cabin you could dream up, and it was only about 20 minutes to the lodge our son was staying at, bingo! We booked it right away. We always try to find a place without unreasonable fees attached to the final price, and this one fit everything we were looking for.
We arrived at the trail-head to the lodge where the troop would be staying, along with 120 other boys. They had to carry all of their supplies for the weekend in a backpack on a snowy trail for about a quarter mile.
We walked in with him to see where he’d be staying. The snow was eleven feet deep and the parking lot was surrounded with towering walls of packed snow. We followed a long line of boys, packs, and sleds of supplies walking a slippery trail of packed snow. If you stepped off the trail, your foot would sink about two feet into the unpacked snow. After winding through the trail for awhile we saw the lodge buried in snow and could smell the wood smoke trailing from the chimney. It was very enchanting and I knew our son was going to have an amazing weekend. We could hear laughing and cheers echoing through the woods as some boys were already tubing down the hills when we arrived. We walked in, spent some time there as our son settled in and then we left to find our own special time. After the somber feeling passed that my little boy was growing up and could survive without me for a weekend, the excitement set in and we were ready to go see our cabin.
We drove back down the winding mountain highway that carved through the deep snow, passing snowshoers walking along the side of the highway on the tall walls of snow. There are several snow parks on the mountain. Some of the more popular ones are Meadows, Ski Bowl, and Timberline. We followed the mountain road to our vacation rental passing some of the most beautiful rushing rivers that flow through some of the most pristine land. Curiously looking around every curve for the cabin, we finally arrived. Nestled right against a mountainside surrounded by the woods, it was the peaceful haven we were hoping for. The cabin had mixed rustic decor down to the smallest details. It had such a cozy feel to it and made you feel right at home. We settled in and had a bottle champagne to celebrate the last fourteen years together and the many more to come. Then we warmed ourselves by the fire and reminisced into the night.
The next morning, we were pleasantly surprised by a tiny waterfall right outside the dining room window. We could hear the trickling sound of it while we enjoyed our breakfast. We started the day with a veggie scramble, roasted potatoes, bacon, and fresh blueberries.
After a nice quiet morning together and a hot cup of coffee, we decided to drive up to see our little boy to see how he was doing and make sure he was enjoying himself. When we got there, we found him laughing and playing the board game, Risk, with a group of boys. It was raining rather hard, so they decided to stay in and play board games, hide and seek in the three story lodge, and ping pong until it let up. Once we saw things were going well and he was having fun, we decided to go do some exploring and spend some time with each other.
Next, we went back to the cabin and spent some time together. A little later, we were really missing our little boy, so we decided to go see him for awhile before dinner. When we got there he was a little homesick so we stuck around and built a snowman together.
After awhile, we went and had a late dinner at a cafe close to the cabin. After that we went back to the cabin and had another wonderful night together by the fire.
On our last morning, we had a special anniversary breakfast to end an extraordinary spring break. We had cheesecake crepes with blueberry compote and orange juice on the side. When we picked our little boy up and he was with us again, we felt whole once more.
Down the mountain we went, on our way back to the Oregon Coast, ready to be at home again. When we arrived back in Lincoln City, the sun was shining for the first time in weeks, it was the ultimate welcome home.
If you would like to stay in this cabin, contact Cascade Cabins, they were great hosts and very friendly. We enjoyed our stay so much.