First though, we needed to stretch our legs. The Hood River Visitor Center tipped us off to a neat little hike nearby that overlooked the fruitful valley, they called it the Handy Little Hike.
|The hike up to the ridge was through a tunnel of green.|
|The view from the ridge was amazing, fruit orchards as far as the eye could see|
and Mt Hood peeking out from her blanket of clouds.
Back on the Fruit Loop we stopped at a couple of farm stands and even though we didn't purchase anything we enjoyed the bounty hanging from the trees.
|Apples were originally the largest crop around, but a severe freeze in 1919 damaged trees |
prompting a transition to hardier pears.
|Cherries are on the brink and just beginning to be picked depending on the warmth of their zone.|
|Pears are the biggest crop around here; these have a ways to go.|
Our favorite stop on the Loop was at Cascade Alpacas and Foothills Yarn and Fiber. Alpacas are incredibly cute and we arrived just hours after a new one was born! The yarn store was just as wonderful and I was able to buy my daughter some wool, she spins and dyes her own yarn, check out her Etsy shop,\: Stitched Bliss.
|Just hours old, this baby alpaca stole our hearts!|
|Everyone was interested in the youngster, it's got a sibling on the other side of the fence.|
|I just love their faces and they look so funny having just been sheared!|
|Hans had some company while I explored the yarn store...|
Making our way back to Hood River, it was time for some beer! Full Sail Brewing gives tours four times a day so after a pint in their brewpub we took their brief, free tour.
|Full Sail Brewery|
Thursday evening is farmers market day in Hood River, where we picked up some delicious Cascadia Creamery cheese. Then off to Double Mountain Brewery for beer and pizza. This came highly recommended to us by several RV friends and they were spot on. Double Mountain rivals our favorite breweries in Bend, absolutely worth the stop!
|Every one of these beers were complex, full bodied, and delicious!|
|One of the best thin crust pizzas ever; crispy, not too much cheese, fresh toppings.|
And this was just one day in Hood River...!