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 ...
... hold several hundred fish.. all of which are old and huge… one of our responsibilities is to sweep out the coins, clean the coins… This project is to don chest waders, and get into the pond with a broom, and broom the bottom of the pond… the problem is that you're doing this blind… as the first push of the broom not only moves the coins but stirs up all the fish poop and leaves on the bottom of the pond… You ...
... VERY DARK in that blasted room. Inside the dimly lit freezer room is a 15 watt light and a switch with which to turn on that dim bulb but you had better get that light turned on before that big door closes. That room turns into a cave in no time flat!
I hear you asking what happens to the bagged fish and how can the sturgeon eat those fish while in a plastic bag. After the fish is frozen solid in those bags the fun begins. Take a couple of bags out of the freezer ...
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)