Finding things to do in Mosier, Oregon

Where in the world is Mosier, Oregon, you’re probably asking right about now… Some of you who live in Oregon may remember the oil train derailment out there last June. Sixteen tank cars hauling crude oil from North Dakota derailed on a curve on the tracks in Mosier, Oregon which sparked a massive fire that burned for fourteen hours. The cleanup continued on for much longer.

 

Mosier, Oregon
Mosier, Oregon

 

Mosier, Oregon is 5-10 minutes down the road from Hood River and 15-20 from The Dalles. It’s a tiny little – population 435. Yep. That small. I went out there last week because my friend was taking a driving test in The Dalles and needed a car to drive for the test.

 

The Columbia River Gorge from Rock Creek Beach
The Columbia River Gorge from Rock Creek Beach

 

The question is: What is there to do out in Mosier, Oregon? The answer: not much. This is the sort of town where you have to invent your own fun. Not long after arriving, I took a walk down to Rock Creek Park with my friends step-daughter. Then we meandered through the tiny town looking at giant chickens, totem poles, flowers, a really old church and the super tiny City Hall. This did not take us very long to walk down to the park and then all around town.

 

Giant metal chickens
Giant metal chickens

 

Totem pole
Totem pole

 

Fly away
Fly away

 

Tulips against a deep blue sky
Tulips against a deep blue sky

 

Old church
Old church

 

You may find yourself hanging out at the Rack & Cloth in the evening. Or jumping on trampolines. Then there’s always giant chickens to ride on, or breakers on the path to jump over. Not saying we did any of those things, but, if you’re inventing your own fun, you may find those things interesting  to do to while away the time in a small town setting. You could always end your day in a hot tub or watching random TV series you’ve never heard about on Netflix because the thunderstorm knocked out your cable.

Since Mosier isn’t far from Hood River and The Dalles, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do in the area around Mosier. We didn’t get to all of the other fun stuff because a thunderstorm rolled in, but maybe another day I’ll explore the area further…

 

 

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16 gifts for mom under $100

With Mother’s day just around the corner, if you haven’t yet figured out what you’re getting for mom, here are some great ideas under $100 for mom. Of course, it helps if you know what kind of stuff your own mom likes. My mom tends to ask for things like cheap cologne (perfume) and powder and lotion all the time. And sometimes bird seed. Yep. You heard me right. She has actually put that on Christmas/Birthday lists before so she can feed the birds. And then she goes and buys all the stuff that would actually make cool gifts to give her for herself, so all we’re left to buy are the same few things over and over again. Makes for a hard time shopping for her!

So happy shopping for mom this week. If you’re really still stuck by the end of the week, there’s always flowers and chocolates!  😉

And Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there! I hope you’re spoiled rotten by your family this coming weekend.

 

 

 

Fun gifts for mom
Fun gifts for mom

 

 

Gifts for mom
Gifts for mom

 

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