Sunset Motel Hood River
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... Fort Dalles military complex. It is one of Oregon's oldest museums. The museum opened its doors in 1905. There is a collection of pioneer and military artifacts and antique wagons.
We then went to Big Jim's and ate ice cream. We traveled along the Columbia River Gorge again. This time the scenery is different. It is not the evergreen along the western portion of the gorge. It is barren and more desert appearing.
... glacier melt) was cold!!! Even though the river was very narrow, and it took us all of 20 seconds to cross it, the water was so cold our feet hurt by the 5th second. I haven't experienced cold like this, ever! Alas, we made it safely to the other side, dried off our feet and put our shoes and socks on, only to watch two other couples navigate the makeshift bridge without any trouble. DOH!!!!!
From there, the trail meandered along the river ...
... end on this note since the previous 8 weeks had included some of the most amazing sites, but it did have a silver lining: nearby Portland is the USA's unofficial craft brewing capital.
So we booked into a hotel and spent our last 2 nights on a beer & burger binge. But the adventure wasn't quite over yet, as we still had one more reminder of Nature's fury on our list.
[8,950 miles on the road]
... hours later and just north east of Portland we found the Columbia River Gorge. This beautiful gorge boasts winding, tree lined roads which were frequented with stunning waterfalls. Multnomah Falls are 183m high and crossed by an intricate cement footbridge. The bridge leads to a trail to the top of the falls. There were several other falls which we stopped at briefly but the weather wasn't being ...
... celebrated in Hood River and along the Loop.
A lot of farm stands specialize in fresh fruit. As one can imagine the fall the selection is somewhat limited but a variety of pears and even some late peaches are for sale along with apples and a variety of vegetables. During the summer even more fresh fruits are available along with a variety of nuts.
We return to our favorite stands and peruse what is offered. Most of the time the ...