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…

 

 

Fall colors

I kept managing to get down to Edgefield Mcmenamins down in Troutdale, Oregon to do photo shoots for my fashion Friday, but not having the time to go explore and get my fill of the fall colors at Edgefield. I’m not liking taking fashion photos when they are taking me away from what I truly love to take photos of – nature. But, I manage to sneak a few nature ones in when I’m out and about doing fashion photos. Not quite the same as just wandering around to my hearts desire – although I did finally managed to do that last week, catching the end of the fall colors. Sometimes you just need to prioritize doing things that make you happy.

The photos this week are nature shots I took while out doing fashion photo shoots.

 

Purple flowers
Purple flowers

 

Fall vines
Fall vines

 

Autumn vineyard
Autumn vineyard

 

So that's how they make raisins!
So that’s how they make raisins!

 

A fiery display of red!
A fiery display of red!

 

Nature's red carpet
Nature’s red carpet

 

*A new development regarding my mother’s health. She was supposed to start chemo this week, but it was delayed because her doctor discovered there was a new treatment out for soft tissue sarcomas – the first new one in the last four decades! It has just been FDA approved last month. He read about it in a medical journal or magazine – stopped her current treatment plan and had her come in for an appointment regarding this new one instead. The new drug Olaratumab (Latruvo) with Doxorubicin will give her all the benefits of chemo without the regular side effects of chemo and is slightly more effective (around 16-18 percent) than the other chemo treatments out there for her type of cancer. However, she needs to have a healthy heart to be on this medication, so she is getting her heart checked before beginning treatment. No guarantees that the outcome will be any different, but I feel like there is a small ray of hope with this new treatment, whereas we had none with the old ones. Mostly, it may buy her time. Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.