Breaking my travel habit of staying off the Interstate this day I gave in to the straight and narrow of I84 east of Portland because of the magnificent mountain and river view.
Thank goodness for the rain, traffic moved slow enough to take in the incredible sights of the river gorge. My destination was set to have lunch at the https://fullsailbrewing.com in Hood River.
My first unplanned stop was at Multnomah Falls a national scenic area, and a good rest stop for travelers. The elegant cascade of flowing water from over 600 feet above the ground is relaxing and has a refreshing mist. Parking area, restrooms, a full service restaurant, and a gift shop are at the site and the exit is an easy “on” and “off”, offering all around convenience.
With my unexpected tour of the Falls I cut my time short at Hood River. It is a small port city on the Columbia River, with robust waterfront. I did not get a chance to venture out of the area close to the restaurant but with just a glimpse I could sense a community of small businesses welcoming locals and visitors.
On the way back to Portland, another unexpected stop at the Viento State Park. A word of advise “hold on to your hats” Windsurfers know this spot, so I’m giving you the “heads up”. I didn’t think I would have a photo clear enough to post because I was shaking just trying to hold on to my camera. It is a wind tunnel, and no surprise all that the pet sign said “leashes required”
So that was my day out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest…..Oregon is never disappointing, and the beer float with wild Alaskan salmon, well…that was just yum, yum , yum
Because of my frequent visits to Oregon I am finally packing to accommodate the weather pattern that averages 81 inches of rain a year.
My rain jacket, gloves and saltwater duck boots have me out and about in comfort, and I’m very close to tossing the umbrella away and carrying on like a local.
The scenery of the rocky shoreline is quite spectacular. There is a four mile area of sandy beach for seashell hunting or a glimpse of wildlife. With a keen eye you may spot a whale, bald eagle, seal or crabs to name just a few. The ocean temperature ranges from 55º-64’º at its warmest in the month of August.
You most likely will find that a little “nippy”.
The shoreline offers rock formations with a backdrop of gray fog . The most prominent being Haystack Rock, the smaller ones are referred to as “the Needles”
The community is friendly for tourists offering:
A good selection of restaurants
Specialty stores (candy, olive oil, sporting goods, coffee shops)
Resort style rental accommodations with ocean front views are available throughout the town. Seasonal rates apply, but if you’re flexible you can grab a great deal in the winter, and the scenery will still be there.
The community offers a feel of “seaside living”, with cedar shake siding homes. I found it quaint and welcoming for a year round destination.
From Portland the drive is less than 2 hours and it is 4.5 hours south of Seattle Washington. Travel US 26 or Hwy 101 and take in the views of the forest, ocean, waterfalls and more.
That’s not exactly how the trip was planned back in April, but the unexpected came up and instead of cancelling our week in Portland Oregon we just rerouted our trip back home to the event in Pensacola.
The typically rainy day in October worked well for me as long as I had my umbrella, and if I do it again I will wear rubber shoes because my feet did get wet.
Lunch at Jake’s Grill was fantastic with a cozy atmosphere and easy location to the rail system. Our booth added privacy and the service was very good.
After lunch we walked around the city even with the rain because most businesses had awnings to slip under, I just had to make a stop at Blue Star to try the Blueberry bourbon basil donut, and I’ll confess I ate two. http://www.bluestardonuts.com
The seasonal change is apparent beautiful colors everywhere…Fall in Love with Portland