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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Finding magic in the world around you

Do you ever find yourself out in the middle of nowhere letting your imagination go wild? I often times find my mind wandering to various stories I’ve read and seeing the magic of them coming to life as I go out on a nature walk.

Last week, I hiked to Angels Rest with my son, and found myself imaging seeing remnants of giants on the path before me, the trail to Mordor, an Elvin Fairies throne, the rabbit hole to Wonderland, the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, and tiny fairy clothes in the flowers on the side of the path.

I once had someone tell me they didn’t like Alice in Wonderland because it was too weird and none of it made any sense. I told her it was an imaginary world and it wasn’t supposed to make sense. She didn’t agree. She just didn’t get the story line. I didn’t argue with her, I just thought: How sad it is when someone can’t see the wonder and fun in a made up world. I hope I never become that person. I have a whole board dedicated to imaginary things titled Mystical and Magical on Pinterest. It’s just too fun to imagine a world different than our own to live in.

Maybe that’s why I enjoy acting so much. For a while, you get to be someone other than yourself. Jump into a different world, then bring that world to life for others to see. 

Next time you’re out in nature, open you mind to the magic of the world around you, let your thoughts wander to imaginary things. After all, this world is what we make of it. Why not let it be fun?

 

The pelvic bone of a giant
The pelvic bone of a giant

 

The path to Mordor
The path to Mordor

 

The elven fairies throne
The elven fairies throne

 

Fairy clothes
Fairy clothes

 

Down the rabbit hole to Wonderland
Down the rabbit hole to Wonderland

 

The caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland
The caterpillar from Alice in wonderland

 

 

 

 

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