Oregon Trip: Columbia River Gorge

Next up: Columbia River Gorge (AKA, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been privileged to behold)

  • Sleep: Up until this point we kept our accommodations budget-friendly. So on this rainy, cold day with a long drive, I decided to splurge on a room with a river view at the Columbia Gorge Hotel.  Well worth it - the grounds were gorgeous, the room's view was gorgeous, and there is nothing else like a king size bed... it took two full rolls for me to run into Brent on the other side.
  • Sights: Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Falls.  Both were so beautiful, but Horsetail Falls was my favorite because it was deserted compared to Multnomah.  Sidenote: we discovered there is an "upper" Horsetail Falls which takes about 30 minutes to hike up to, and it's about 1/8 of the size of the actual Horsetail Falls, which is about 100 yards further down the road, no hike needed.  But we needed a good leg stretching after the drive up, so no harm done.
  • Evening: I had a glorious evening to myself in the hotel (Brent passed out at 7pm) - ran on the treadmill in the little gym, enjoyed a rib eye steak dinner in the formal dining room, and a bubble bath before bed.  I passed out in the fluffy white robe.

Pitstop: Hood River

  • Super cute little town we stopped in for breakfast on the way to Portland... lots of little shops, friendly people, and the town is situated on a hill so it's got a great view overlooking the Columbia River and Washington in the distance.

Not many photos to share on this leg since we were in the car a lot, but I highly recommend Google-ing Columbia River Gorge and looking at all of the images... this place is so amazing, and my beginner photography skills just do not do it justice.