From Spectacular Lenticular Clouds on Mt. Hood to the World’s Most Rewarded Winery


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Act I

The Dalles Mountain Ranch is part of the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve. It’s located at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge in an Oak Savannah environment.

On a sunny, but very windy mid-October day, I  explored the area for awhile. If the wind had been kinder, I would have hiked to the top of Stacker Butte.

Lenticular clouds on Mt. Hood

The views were magnificent, with the Columbia River stretching far to the east, Mt. Jefferson sticking up to the south and beautiful lenticular clouds on the summit of Mt. Hood.

Mt. Jefferson peaking over the horizon

McCall Point from the Rowena Plateau

A trail on The Dalles Mountain Ranch

A windy Columbia River from the Mosier area and Mt. Hood from The Dalles Mountain Ranch

Act II

Several days later on another beautiful day, we visited Domaine Serene near Dundee to taste some wine on the outside deck and pick up our wine-club shipment to take home.

Over the years, the owners have done an amazing job with the winery. It’s a great place to visit and I highly recommend it.

Domaine Serene

Wine tasting at Domaine Serene

Act III

Firing up the Barbeque at the end of a nice day

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