The schedule had two days for Portland, not enough, but the show must go on. On the first day consisted of a short drive and beautiful hike followed by dinner cooked at the home of said hostess. Before venturing we stopped by local eatery The New Deal Cafe and lunched on organic omelettes and sandwiches and Left Coast fav Stumptown coffee. From there we took a drive- maybe an hour, maybe half that?- out to the Columbia River Gorge via the Historic Rd 30. I perked up immediately because I saw numerous cyclists on this busy route. The pics below will show a landscape that was amiable to stunning, blue skies and lots and lots of sun. Who said the Pacific NW was cloudy and grey? I refuse to believe it!
|Troutdale, as you can see, is the entry to the Gorge via the Historic Columbia River Highway.|
|Bridge across the XX River|
|Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge from Vista House, of which I don't have a good pic. Scenic, isn't it?|
|Sweat Peas. Lot's of wild sweat pea out West.|
|Gorge looking west.|
|Bridal Veil Falls. Very popular, and very attractive. You can climb to the top too, but we chose smartly.|
|Le Dauphin. I like this one.|
|Small gorge leading to the 2nd portion of Horsetail Falls. I think there is a 3rd below.|
We were bushed after a great day of hiking. We finished up our day at our hostess' house where she fed us an appreciated supper. To add to the benefit, her parents were out of town, so she/they offered us use of their cute little condo, so we saved on hotel $$ as well. He dad was to return on Sunday night, but he was delayed from storms in Chicago, so we got a 2nd night. Score! These sunset pics are from the front stoop of their condo. Not bad.