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 ...
... they are, get up close and personal with unsuspecting fish folks. Occasionally those brave souls will get bumped by the big fish or they will swim between a person's legs which causes flustered looks and nervous giggles, and giddy squeals, especially by the gentlemen...... er, ladies in the group.
A trip into Hood River and a tour of the infamous Fruit Loop is on the agenda for the day. One might ask what the heck is the Fruit Loop? It is ...
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)
... when we got together to do the race and she informed me that she had signed us up for the 10 instead of the 5. Great minds and all that... Sunday, we were both more prepared to do a 10k.
It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day in Portland. Unusually warm and clear for this time of year. We met at the 'chessboards' on the Square and started for the start line. This run/walk gets a much smaller crowd and we scooted ...