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Portland…after the storm

Portland got dumped on Tuesday and Wednesday. The expected 3-4 inches of snow piled up into a good foot of the white stuff, sending the city to a screeching halt for the rest of the week.
We stubbornly refused to postpone our scheduled trip, and arrived yesterday (Friday) to icy roads and slippery sidewalks…but beautiful blue skies Saturday morning. Cold, but otherwise perfect weather for a little urban hiking.

A beautiful, but cold day along the Portland waterfront.

I spot the telltale signs of past benchwarmers.

This woman has the right idea!

Enjoying the brilliant sunshine on a cold winter day.

 

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Portland offers big city appeal

Excited to start our weekend escape, we packed up the car bright and early Friday morning. With our “to go” coffee safely stashed by our side we headed north, eager to see what adventures awaited us in the big city.

Our son Andrew and his wife Leah moved to Portland in 2010, eventually settling in the Pearl District. Once home to warehouses and light industry, the Pearl has transitioned into a lively mixed use neighborhood within easy walking distance to all downtown has to offer.

And walk we did! Taking advantage of dry skies Saturday morning we wandered along the waterfront, strolled back into town where the Farmers Market was in full swing and concluded our morning with a visit to the Oregon Historical Society Museum.

A casual lunch, a late afternoon latte, dinner at a tiny little Italian restaurant and it was time to call it a day. Sunday we'll say goodbye to Andrew, Leah and the exciting city of Portland. We'll make the drive home, unpack and anxiously anticipate our next exciting getaway.

Originally a sign for White Stag sportswear, this iconic landmark has been a staple of the Portland skyline since the 1940s.

Dry weather brought both vendors and customers to the year-round Farmers Market.

 

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Touring the Columbia River Gorge

In the past, we've always driven up the Columbia River Gorge along Interstate 84. While the scenery was beautiful, it was simply the quickest way for us to reach our destination of Walla Walla, Washington where our son was enrolled in college. Now that he and Leah live in Portland, we chose to spend a relaxing morning cruising east out of Portland, along the scenic Route 30, to discover just what we'd been missing.

Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway (Route 30) began in 1913 and, at the time, was considered quite an engineering feat. The highway was designed to showcase the many waterfalls and other natural beauty found along the route. High above a generic Interstate 84 the two lane Route 30 twists and turns with a promise of great beauty.

We were not disappointed. There are many places to pull off the road and admire the views. We chose several stops where we were able to see some spectacular scenery just a few short steps from our car!

The Vista House offers visitors a view up and down the Columbia River. Looking eastward, the view is breathtaking.

A short walk leads us to the bottom of Latourell Falls.

Highway 30 passes right over the top of Bridal Veil Falls (right). Multnomah Falls (left) is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon. The parking lot has always been full when we've driven by, and today was no exception.

 

 

 

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Timberline Trekking Treats

Mt. Hood looms behind us. Reg and Andrew pause along the trail. The Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark, and served as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in the movie The Shining. And it offers delicious desserts!

It's been awhile since we've taken a good old fashioned American road trip, so we jumped at the chance to visit our son and daughter-in-law in Portland, Oregon. Car trips mean no luggage restrictions, so we loaded up with anything and everything we thought we might need and headed north.

Our first sunny day found us exploring Mt. Hood, the highest mountain (at 11,240 feet) in Oregon. We posed for a quick photo by a Pacific Crest Trail mileage marker, then continued on for a couple miles around the mountain to a forested lookout point. According to Wikipedia, Mt. Hood is considered the most likely Oregon volcano to erupt, so we walked fast!

We have fond memories of the Timberline Lodge, having stayed there about 25 years ago. It's a beautiful place, built on a grand scale. Eager to soak up the atmosphere, we settled into comfy couches in the bar where we enjoyed coffee and dessert!

 

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