It was misty (liquid air we call it here in Oregon) and overcast. The restaurant was full even though it was early in the morning. We carried on a quiet conversation and our granddaughters either colored or read.
We left by two door and as my husband and I approach our car, my iphone buzzed and a notification came up. It said:
"It is 116 miles to the winery."Nothing else. Chills went down my spine. HOW DID MY PHONE KNOW WHERE I WAS GOING????
All sorts of things went through my mind but nothing even made sense to me. Why would it do that?
Travelogue of our day...was my phone listening to us all day?
The winery we were headed to is called Maryhill Winery and sits next to the Maryhill Museum. The name came to be because a man named Sam Hill built his version of a castle on the dry, windswept hillside in the eastern part of the Columbia Gorge on the Washington side and named it for his wife.
But the version of that story we alway heard was much different and is enough to draw people to the castle for the story alone. The truth is it is now and always has been a museum.
I seems Sam Hill invited Queen Marie of Romania to visit the site and she dedicated the castle as a museum. Gossip repeated to this day had it that Hill was romantically involved with the queen. It was (and still is) gossiped that she arrived, took one look, told Sam Hill she would not stay and went home! If you saw where it is located you would be with the queen. In reality the story is much different but a romance gone wrong is more fun to tell. Here is the story told in a newspaper article:
|Queen Marie of Romania and Sam Hill|
To this day when someone does something foolish we say "What in the Sam Hill?" Interesting huh?
On November 3, 1926, Queen Marie of Romania (1875-1938) dedicates Maryhill Museum of Art. The Queen is a friend of Maryhill builder Sam Hill (1857-1931) and is in the United States on a 50-day visit that dominated newspaper headlines. Accompanying Queen Marie are her two youngest surviving children, Prince Nicolas (1903-1977) and Princess Ileana (1908-1991). The museum is to be housed in Hill's half-finished mansion overlooking the Columbia River gorge near Goldendale in Klickitat County.
|Our morning started with a green misty sky.|
|The Gorge hillsides turn brown and arid very quickly as we|
travel east of the Cascade Mountain Range
|The intersection a Biggs Junction. We turned left toward N. 97.|
|Sam Hill built a replica of the Stonehenge in remembrance of the|
men lost in WWI...the war to end all wars. It is located east of the museum.
|The beautiful Columbia Gorge from the deck of the winery. This looking East.|
Have a wonderful weekend.