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…

 

 

10 ways to choose joy every day

Sometimes there are moments when, despite what’s going on in our lives, we can choose joy. Sometimes, those same moments of joy only last for the few moments we are in them, but hopefully they are enough to get us through tough days ahead.

A couple of weeks ago, I was jumping for joy at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fields in Woodburn, Oregon. We also did this two years ago when we went there, so we’ll call it a tradition to jump in the tulip fields now that we’ve done it more than once. The next day, however, I was feeling rather bummed out, but looking at all the photos of us jumping in the tulip fields made me smile and carry that memory of joy into another day.

Just before that trip, I’d been jumping for joy up by the Rock of Ages as noted in my last post. I’m honestly not jumping around every day of my life, nor am I saying you need to jump for joy every time your life isn’t going well, but there are other ways you can choose joy each day.

Here are 10 ways you can choose joy instead of despair in your life:

1. Watch a sunset. Enough said.

2. Turn on music that lifts you up and start dancing or singing to it. Yeah baby!

3. Go to a comedy club. I just finished taking an improv class that lifted my spirits every time I went.

4. Find three things you’re thankful for. No, they don’t have to be anything specific. Any three will do.

5. Take time to smell the flowers. Or photograph them. I like to do both.

6. Exercise – I know, it doesn’t seem like it will cheer you up, but it will get those endorphin’s flowing, believe me.

7. Take a walk. I like to bring my camera along on walks to take photos – unless I think I’m going to run, then just the phone will suffice.

8. Eat a special treat. Dark chocolate is always a plus in my book!

9. Take time to read a book and have a cup of tea or coffee. Transport yourself to another world. Try and jump in an stay there if it’s a good one.

10. Take time to talk to kids. Do you ever notice how uninhibited kids are? If you have some kids in your life you can talk to, do it. They’ll cheer you up in no time! I like to FaceTime with my nieces and nephew.

 

Or you can try jumping for joy. It’s quite fun. Unless you have a headache. 😥

 

 

Jumping for joy in the tulip fields
Jumping for joy in the tulip fields

 

An iris amongst the tulips
An iris amongst the tulips

 

The windmill at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon
The windmill at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon

 

 

Rows of purple tulips
Rows of purple tulips

 

Pink & White Candy Striped Tulip
Pink & White Candy Striped Tulip

 

Ruffled Purple Tulip
Ruffled Purple Tulip