The Official Writing Challenge
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Good story.
You've described it perfectly; I feel as if I know it. Very good.
I really could feel myself there. I want to visit such a place :)
With your words, you have painted such a tranquil, charming picture of this town and of your home! I love mountains and trees and could see in my mind's eye what you were describing. Through reading your story, I was touched myself with the peace of that place and time! :)
I wanted to know more.

The one bit where you did go deeper (the library) is my favorite paragraph. Love the cat! :) I can see that picture.

I would have liked to hear more about the library .. the comfy overstuffed chairs and the aroma of the
complimentary spiced tea that filled the air (or whatever)

Describe what the kitchen interior looked like, (paint, rugs, a scripture verse on the wall) and how you sat with your husband over a second cup of coffee. (or whatever)

What did you *feel* when you looked out at the forest and up at the snow capped mountains?

I liked this line "To this day if someone stops for us we say they must be from Hood River." In a unique way, it shows that you have a special place in your heart for Hood River.
Love the title & enjoyed the memories right along with your mc. Sounds very much like a true memory. The descriptions were vivid. :)
I have such a special place in my heart for the Pacific Northwest and this story makes me long to see it again! Beautiful!
Beautiful and enchanting description of one of the most beautiful places in the world, The Columbia Rive Gorge. Did you know it is listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world? Anyway, I was privileged to live there once, too and your writing is spot on!