Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fruit Loop July 2012

It has become a family tradition for us to do the fruit loop in Hood River, Oregon . We go to fruit stands, lavender farms, alpaca farms, have a picnic and enjoy a beautiful day.

One of many curves on the old Columbia Gorge highway

This is Mt. Hood from the Panorama View Point in Hood River, Oregon

A picnic under a shade tree at the viewpoint

When I was a girl, my grandma made me little dolls out of hollyhocks....http://premeditatedleftovers.com/how-to-make-hollyhock-dolls-and-use-them-to-decorate-cupcakes/

This is the purple pit Stop. Joe bought some Lambert Cherries from here. There was a cute little purple VW Bug parked out front.

Mt. Adams showing off her beauty on our route.

Thanks to my Joe, he captured the Mt. Hood Dinner train passing by the Gorge White House fields of flowers and fruit trees

This is a side view of the Gorge White House and fruit Stand.

This is Charley. His home is at the Alpaca Farm

What a cute little face.......and very friendly
This little Alpaca is 3 days old

This is the inside of the yarn shop on the Alpaca farm

Before I married Joe we hiked up to the falls. Only unbeknown to us, there had been a wash out and it was tough hiking over slick shale. It has since been restored and is a beautiful hike

East Fork of Hood River

This is a beautiful but narrow bridge over the river.


  1. I LOVE MT HOOD!!!
    Those dolls are lovely. I never heard of them. How clever.
    What a wonderful day you all had. Great photos.

  2. Love those dolls wow who would even think of that lovely pics . Love that darling baby alpaca.

  3. I love the name, the Fruit Loop. How fun! Looks like you had just a wonderful time.

    I have an alpaca shawl that is SO warm and doesn't itch at all but I've never seen an alpaca. They look like they are related Llamas.

  4. Sherry I gooled your thoughts on the relationship of llamas and alpacas and found the following

    "Alpacas are very closely related to llamas. They are both from a group of four species known as South American Camelids. The llama is approximately twice the size of an alpaca with banana shaped ears and is principally used as a pack animal. Alpacas are exclusively bred as fleece animals".

  5. I used to make those dolls when I was a little girl from my Grandma's hollyhocks. Such fun memories. And that baby alpaca is just the cutest thing ever.

  6. That's the same Alpaca farm we visited in the spring! Loved it. Wonderful pictures of the area...love that curve in teh road. Isn't that a great highway? Glad you had a good day. Looks like Viola was having a wonderful time.

  7. That country looks beautiful, I think we will head up that way next may on our way home to the Black hills of South Dakota.. Thanks for the tour.....