I am not sure if we were really excited to sightsee today or if our motel was super scary, but we were up early and moving. I finally got a internet connection and was able to update the blog and send a few emails. After some time surfing, we headed to the grocery store to pick up some drinks and snacks. Next, we headed back to Hood River and headed to the post office to grab some postcard stamps. We asked the clerk for her recommendation for a place to eat breakfast, she said go see "Bette" at Bette's place. So a short walk later, we pulled up a stool at the counter and had a great breakfast. After breakfast we wandered thru the town and did a little window shopping before heading out. Our first stop was to the Bonneville Dam. We went thru the visitors center, but opted out of the tour. I got some great pictures of fish going up the fish ladder. We decided that we would take the Historic Hwy 30 to see the Columbia River Gorge. Our first stop on the highway was the first waterfall of the day. We pulled into Wahclella Park
and started off on the 1.8 mile roundtrip hike to see the waterfall. A few minutes later we found the walk was well worth it.... The waterfall was absolutely beautiful and there was almost no one there. I finally figured out how to use some of the special features on my camera. The next waterfall was breathtaking is Horsetail Falls, which was right off the side of the road. Multnomah falls was our next stop. This falls was absolutely gorgeous but packed with people, since this is the only waterfall in the gorge that has a visitors center. We liked this falls, but all the people took away from its beauty. The Wahkeena falls were a nice 1mile hike in from the road, which was worth the walk. Bridal Veil was our last waterfall for the day. It was about 2/3 mile roundtrip hike. This was another great waterfall that we got to enjoy with no one around. After returning to the parking lot, we realized we were very low on gas and had to try to find gas ASAP. We got off route 30 and onto I84. A few miles down the road we found Corbett. We took a
little ride uphill and found this general store. We paid $3.25 a galloon for gas, but that was better than running out of gas. The store was sight. I sent Eileen in to take a "gawk" around. They had a moose head inside and they sold everything from videos of the 2006 4th of July parade to golf shirts with the local highschool cardinal on them. Very interesting place. After getting a few gallons, we continued to head towards Portland on route 30 until it ended in Troutdale. We hoped on I84 and hit Portland traffic immediately. After just a short time in traffic we got off on I5 north and headed for our hotel in Portland. We were able to freshen up and change, then we headed to Jake's restaurant. We met Eileen's friend Julie Dominick Pimental, her husband, Dan, son Michael and new daughter in law, JJ for dinner. JJ and Michael just moved to Portland this week to start new careers. Julie and Eileen have been friends since 3rd grade. We had a lovely dinner and great conversation. After dinner the Pimental's gave us a little walking tour of the city and they said goodbye and we
headed for our hotel.
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