Day 72, 73, 74 & 75 : The Oregon trail
Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
38Trip End Sep 27, 2008
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Eastern Oregon was a dry and barren expanse, until we hit the dramatic Columbia River gorge, which marked the beginning of a very scenic route into Portland. The highway, and railway, wind alongside the river all the way into town giving the kids a good look at river traffic. Pulling up at our fancy-pants hotel (if valet come to the car door upon arrival the kids know to try to adopt 'hotel behaviour'), but it was late and Tom hadn't had much of a run around on this leg of the trip, so he squealed and slid his way around the lobby anyway. A converted Days Inn now called Modera, with its sleek modern interior was our base for the next 3 nights.
Not quite located in downtown Portland, and without any dining options of its own, we did more walking in Portland than the kids were used to, but with bikes, electric cars and lots of locals for company, it seemed a reasonable way to get around town. We explored the downtown area on foot, enjoying the city and the weather, and the following day got out among the neighbourhoods to enjoy Portland local style.
The kids were especially taken with Portlands version of the beach, a water fountain that filled and drained creating fun water cascades and a large swimming pool with waves, for the under 10 set. We took it pretty easy in Portland, and without really knowing we were ready to head south to San Diego, made the decision to forgo Vancouver & Seattle, and begin our journey home.