Travelodge Troutdale / East Portland / Gresham
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We drove to Troutdale to begin our drive of the Columbia River Gorge. It is a very scenic byway of the Columbia River.
Our first stop was the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint. This is the start of seeing Washington State across the Columbia River.
Stop #2 - Vista House and Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
Stop #3 - Latourell Falls at Guy W. Talbot State Park. This is a 249 foot waterfall. Gary ran ...
... both creative and teeming with quality quaffs. So, after a great couple of weeks, I was given the perfect send-off - the Portland Brewery Crawl. Breakfast at the pub at 10am, and then a barrage of breweries to satisfy every pallet for the rest of the day. I'm pretty happy to call Portland my new home.
Now el Burro and I are off to Northern California....and here comes the rain
505km / 314mi
... Understanding that the females would die a natural death after spawning makes this process more tolerable. They are brought to a specially made table to be bled. Blood causes eggs to be contaminated with bacteria so water is sprayed on them to keep them as blood free as possible. Then a special tool is used to open the egg skein, or sac. Two people handle each female as the eggs tumble down into a strainer. The goal is to capture only the eggs. The ...
Today we backtracked on I-84 along the river about 65 miles to The Dalles to see the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, a museum that interprets the formation of the river and Gorge...think volcanos, floods, the Ice age. Also cultural finds and evidence of early settlers. And an exhibit of the supplies and equipment Lewis & Clark took on their expedition... After lunch we visited the Bonneville Lock and Dam at the town of Cascade Lock and learned ...
... up some local fruit and picked our own lavendar - which is making the car (and now the hotel room) smell divine!
It was then back onto the 84 and up the 205, across the 14 (after a little misunderstanding) and then up the I-5 (a couple of times as Julie wanted to take a picture of a church by the side of the road)