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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Let it snow – and how to fight the winter blahs

I was pretty excited about the snow the first few days after it snowed. I got out there and walked around, played in it, took photos. Watched others sledding and trying to make snowmen and snowballs out of snow that was too cold to pack properly. Yeah. It was fun.

By day three, it wasn’t so fun anymore. I’m used to it being on it’s way out the door by then. Nope. It was coming to stay for a while. The cold started getting to me, so I didn’t want to go out in play in it. But the sunshine was nice and made me feel happy yet ‘trapped’ indoors.

Then came the warm up. It got gray, cloudy and stormy. Whoo whee, do those gray days ever knock something out of you! I actually hunkered down around mid-day in my blankets on one of the first ones and literally thought I was really about to hibernate away the rest of winter – just like I’d joked about in my last post.

So, how do we get around these winter blahs that hit us when we live in colder climates?

 

Framed!
Framed!

 

 

Go do something outdoors

I felt a lot better on the days I went outside than on the days I was feeling trapped indoors. I realize from reading many articles about it that we don’t actually get much vitamin D from the sun this time of year because we are so far away from it during the winter months, but somehow, just getting outside and getting a bit of fresh air helps you feel less trapped on those sunny but cold days.

 

Snow covered bridge
Snow covered bridge

Soak up some sun rays

On the sunny, cold days, I felt a lot better if I had time to just sit in the sun coming in the windows. Again, I don’t think it’s the vitamin D because of what I just said about not getting much in those winter months from the sun, anyway. Also, apparently, we don’t get vitamin D through glass windows anyway. But I must say, just being able to see the sunshine and feel the warmth really helps me when it’s sunny and cold.

 

Winter at Red Sunset Park
Winter at Red Sunset Park

Take Vitamin D

Since we aren’t getting it through the sun, take a good vitamin D supplement in the winter to help chase away winter blues – especially if it’s gray outside. It’s a winter happy pill.

 

What long arms you have!
What long arms you have!

Get a Sunlamp

I don’t have one of these, but I’ve heard they really help and am really considering getting one. I notice even if it’s a cloudy/sunny day I feel better than on one where we are just socked in all day with gray clouds and rain. Since I live in the Portland Metro area where we are known for our heavy rain, this would be a good investment.

 

Winter sunbeams
Winter sunbeams

 

Seek medical help

Honestly, it’s okay to seek advice from a doctor if you feel like S.A.D. is affecting you too much. They may start with Vitamin D or recommend a sun lamp, or put even put you on an anti-depressant during the winter to help get you through the dark, gloomy days ahead. And that’s okay.

 

Come sit a while...
Come sit a while…

 

Fly south!

And, if all else fails, you can always move south to a warmer and sunnier climate. I realize that’s a bit drastic, but if nothing else is working perhaps getting away from the gloom and doom feelings of winter permanently will do the trick. Or just plan a tropical getaway in the middle of winter, if you can afford to get away.

 

Feed the birds.
Feed the birds.

 

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