My New Happy: Weekend In Skamania

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekend In Skamania

A few weekends ago George and I headed south to Skamania Lodge for a relaxing anniversary getaway.

This beautiful lodge is set on the Washington side of the Columbia River, about five hours from our house, and we had always wanted to visit there.  Unfortunately (a little bit for us, but mostly for the poor people who live in the area), a few weeks before our visit a massive wild fire was started on the Oregon side by boys lighting off fireworks.

I called Skamania to ask if we should still come, and they told us they were open for business.  The fire was visible, but not threatening, due to the huge Columbia River.

We started our drive in sunny Seattle...

And arrived five hours later to this...

So sad.  The air quality was very unhealthy, so we were cautioned to stay inside.  No worries as this meant we "had" to check out the spa and restaurants.

The next morning the wind had shifted and air quality was better.  We had planned to visit Multnomah Falls and go zip lining on the lodge property, but both were closed due to the fire.  Instead, we headed out to walk the trails.  I found Bigfoot...

And George found beer...

We spent the afternoon enjoying the fire pit and the beer, all to ourselves.  You can kind of see the Columbia out there.

While it wasn't the weekend we originally had in mind, we enjoyed relaxing and hanging out together, getting some much needed down time.  

Fortunately for us, we were able to return home to clear skies.  Sadly, this fire is still only 50 percent contained, although the rain and cool weather in the forecast will help. Someday we hope to come back and take advantage of all the outdoor activities this beautiful area has to offer.

Speaking of fires, thoughts and positive vibes to all those affected by the devastating wildfires raging in the Napa/Sonoma area of California.  Praying that the weather cooperates and the firefighters can make headway soon.


  1. Those wild fires are so scary. It is crazy how in this time and day we still just can't control them. So sad it started from fireworks, too. At least you got outside for some of the trip and it sounds like there was a lot to do inside, too. That lake is just gorgeous!


  2. Wow, you can totally see the Columbia in that awesome photo.
    The fires scare me so much. And fireworks from the Oregon ones?!
    The California ones are depressing me so much.

  3. I can't believe the devastation this fire is causing! There seems to be so many natural disasters lately - all the hurricanes, fires, earthquake in Mexico and then the massacre in Las Vegas - even though it wasn't a natural disaster it was devastating nonetheless. It's all so sad, I feel like the universe is trying to tell us something.
    Your anniversary weekend looks wonderful and I'm just in awe of the beauty of your surroundings. It's so different here. I wish we had cool weather and could sit around a fire pit with a drink. That's one of my very favorite things to do.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Sorry your weekend wasn't exactly as you'd hoped, but it sounds like you made the best of it. We live about an hour from Napa and my husband says you can smell the smoke. I hope they can get it under control sooner rather than later. Happy weekend!

  5. Those wildfires are just awful! So sorry but I tell ya, you look super cute with Bigfoot!!

  6. Gorgeous and so sad that the fires were raging while you were there. Way to take the high road and make the best our of the situation.

  7. George found Mine would have been right there with him. It's so sad and scary about those fires.

  8. I too am praying for all these people dealing with fires... I am glad you were able to get away and relax Lana... I am sure next time you will get to zip line... I really want to do that too xox


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