Last Night in America

Trip Start Aug 12, 2012
Trip End Aug 25, 2012

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Multnomah Falls
Washington State Capital Building
Port of Tacoma

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 5

Today we left the wonderful and very weird Portland to head to our next stop, Tacoma. Before venturing out of Beaverton/Portland we decided to get our magnet, unfortunately between Fred Meyer, K-Mart and some car wash/bakery/gift shop thing we were unable to find one! Oh well guess it'll have to wait until we swing back by. We decided to take a slight detour before heading toward the Seattle area, and went to see Multnomah Falls. The drive was beautiful as we found most of the scenery to be in Oregon, and we learned that most Oregon state parks do not charge admission so our viewing was free. When we got there I expected to see some parking and then hike to the falls, but no, here you have it made, the falls are literally on the side of the road. They paved the path and put stairs and ramps and everything else you would need to not actually hike. We were surprised they hadn’t yet included an escalator, very different than we were used to seeing in places like Yosemite or Canada. Nevertheless it was very beautiful, and had a nice footbridge between the upper and lower falls to stand on and get some pretty good pictures. We learned after that the same Benson of the Benson Bubblers namesake in Portland was the man who commissioned Italian stone masons to make the bridge for the falls; thank you Mr. Benson. After our detour we got back on our way to Tacoma. The change of states happened very rapidly after Portland and we narrowly missed the tiny "Entering Washington" sign along the bridge; so much for the fanfare of entering a new state. Along our route we spotted a man in a white pickup that had obviously taken the whole Resident Evil/Walking Dead thing too seriously and had outfitted his truck as a “Zombie Outbreak Response Team” complete with a tool box with biohazard signs and permits posted on his tailgate proclaiming that he had zombie hunting permits in both the U.S. and Canada. Way too seriously. We made a quick stop in Olympia to take pictures at the Capitol building(cleaner than Oregon’s!) then continued on into Tacoma. We reached our hotel and were surprised to find how lovely it was as it reminded both of us of Las Vegas; very modern and chic.  After checking in we realized we hadn’t had a meal since our complimentary bagel and sausage back in Beaverton, so off to dinner we went. Tomorrow we plan to tour Seattle and see what the city has to offer before making our grand exodus to Canada. On to the “motherland” for Jonathan and first time out of the country for me!

New license plates spotted: (7) Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and Georgia
Total: 24
Miles traveled today:  212
Total: 1,099
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