3141 Odell Hwy, Odell, OR. 97031
903 State Street, Hood River, OR. 97031
902 28th St., Hood River, OR. 97031
609 Ridgeview Ct., Hood River, OR. 97031
These sweet boys were so excited their new house closed that they wanted to stick on a sold sign like on the HGTV show “Property Brothers”
Driving home from an open house in Mosier in early 2010, I received a call from Kelly, saying a dear friend and client, Cynthia, had referred her to me. Kelly told me her earlier quests to buy an orchard/ winery property in Hood River hadn’t resulted the way she wanted and wouldn’t I please help? Smitten with her Oklahoma accent and the direct way she spoke, I agreed. Kelly’s husband Rob would be taking a trip from California and I set about finding properties for him and me to tour. We stomped around a few in Hood River and nothing was fitting the bill. I remembered a property a colleague had recently listed, and asked if Rob would be willing to make the trek to Mosier to look at this really beautiful land with views of the Syncline that was punctuated with cherry trees. Luckily Rob was game and off we went. After walking the property and getting the feel for the land, I could see the wheels turning as he made the trajectory from thinking about Hood River (where the focus had been for many years) and seeing a future on this wonderful land in Mosier.
Negotiations were made, inspections were conducted, particularly that ridiculously wet spring where the excavator remarked that he felt he was in a soup bowl, and finally the property belonged to Kelly and Rob. I remember subsequent trips to the land, one fond memory was Owen, the Australian sheepdog born and bred in Pasadena, who saw his first group of goats and immediately instinctively started herding them! Fast forward to 2016, after thoughts of cherries give way to thoughts of cheesemaking to the birth of Runcible Cider. Kelly is a more poetic writer than I, after years of writing cookbooks and the Kitchenelly blog, and you can read the full story at http://www.runciblecider.com.
My purpose here was to say how happy I am to know Kelly and Rob, and be part of this story – I asked if I could help make cider and this fall I actually did. It brought back every autumn memory I ever had !