As a few snow flakes fell yesterday afternoon I was reminded of a day back in May when we waved farewell to Portland, Oregon and headed off for Mt Hood. The remarkable thing about this Mountain is that the exterior shots for 'The Shining' were filmed here. As Woody chuffed his way up the winding incline we couldn't help but quote lines from when Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance made the exact same journey back in 1980. "See, it's OK. He saw it on the television"
When the hotel came into view I felt giddy with excitement, there she was in all her glory! We spent the afternoon throwing snowballs and chasing each other about, screaming at the top of our lungs, "I'M COMMMMMING FOR YA DANNY BOOOOOOOY". We snuck inside the hotel and I felt a pang of disappointment when the interior was oh so modern and swanky and nothing at all like the old fashioned grandeur of the 'Overlook Hotel'. Although I'd known that the interior shots were filmed in Kubrick's beloved England, I still secretly hoped to see Jack Nicholson throwing his tennis ball at the walls or spy the Grady twins strolling by hand in hand.
As the sun started to fade we jumped in Woody and made haste for the nearest Walmart car park. The temperature was dropping rapidly and I was afraid if we stayed any longer Oli may begin to bare a striking resemblance to frosty Jack Torrance.
Photographs by Oliver Abbott
Screenshots courtesy of Exquisitely bored in Nacogdoches