Cousin's Country Inn
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Our motel was just off the highway and we managed to drag our tired selves in to register and get to our room. We laughed all the while at all the country decor, that was so kitsch it was "adorable." There was also a special display on the counter which we would address the next morning.
3-Star motel, nice, but with "issues," at least we got some sleep.
... River. All of the sudden you see miles of planted popular trees lined up like pieces on a chess board, some younger, some ready for harvest. This must be where you get those straight grained, furniture grade boards.
These long days of driving we have been listening to books on tapes. We finished the Janis Ian autobiography, read by Janis herself. Great story of Society's Child. A wonderful song writer and story teller. I think this ...
... next detour was Trillium lake, named after the wildflower that is common in this area. The lake was gorgeous, and had it not been cloudy, we would have seen a reflection of Mt Hood in it. A return to this place on a day with better weather is definitely in the plan!
Our final stop was Panorama Point. This overlook just before you get back to the Columbia River offers one of the most startling views to be found along this drive. We couldn't have timed our arrival ...
... continued to take shape through the Pleistocene, (2 million to 700,000 years ago).
Although the river slowly eroded the land over this period of time, the most drastic changes took place at the end of the last Ice Age when the Missoula Floods cut the steep, ...
... I thought this was just one big forest with some rivers and towns. We passed lots of peaches and vineyards too. They are known for growing corn, alfalfa and wheat. That helped us to figure out what the alfalfa was. The temperature climbed to 93, but it was a dry heat....HOT.
just before we crossed in Oregon we saw our first wind farms, they multiplied in Oregon. On I 84 we saw changes in scenery as well. It is amazing that we traveled beside so ...