Oct 09, 2018 - National Geographic Quest
This morning we arrived at Hood River, Oregon to explore the area just on the north side of Mount Hood, located only 30 miles from the legendary volcano. The area just to the south, called Hood Valley, is an important area for growing fruit. A lot of tree fruit comes from the area, especially pears, and the orchards are loaded at this time of year. Rich volcanic soil leads to very productive farming land, with plenty of rain and sunny summers.
Today we crossed officially into western Washington and the ecosystem is very different. Large and lush forests carpet the hillside and mist clings to the cliff edges. We spent our day visiting the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and going hiking at a local park that was formerly a railroad line. Everyone got to visit the Draper Girls farm out in Hood Valley and taste some of their fabulous fruit and cider. In the afternoon we sailed under the picturesque Bridge of the Gods and continued downriver towards the Pacific Ocean.
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