Monday, February 14, 2011

Monumental Mt. Hood, in the distance ...

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... beyond the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office boat, Liberty, anchored in the mighty Columbia River. I took this photo Saturday morning as I rode in a smaller MCSO boat towards Liberty, my station for the Polar Plunge. I had volunteered to take photos of that fund-raising event for Oregon Special Olympics. There on the right you can glimpse one of the Sheriff's dive team members and the floating border of the plunge area, created by those blue and white floats that have a rope going from one to the other.

Rain had been predicted but didn't show. A brisk wind did, however. I cannot imagine how those waiting to plunge and those wet with the 39 degree water felt in that wind. I thanked my lucky stars that the Liberty's bow pointed into the wind as I stood on the back to the right of that door, snapping one photo after another.

About the mountain, if you go by I-84, it is 76.3 miles from where I rode as I took this photo. Monumental indeed.

Happy Valentine's Day!

1 comment:

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

Mt Hood is pretty well know among members of our family. I think some have driven either on it or very close to it. Not sure if it was Mt. Hood, now that I think about it, I think it is another famous mountain where you can drive to the top and is either in Colorado or possibly Texas. Wow. Was I way off or what?

Mt. Hood is, though, quite beautiful and would promise lots of fresh water when the snow melt begins.

As for plunging into cold water in the middle of winter, well I must say that not all people are like that, fortunately.