Thursday, April 23, 2009

Trip Through the Pacific Northwest

Dave & I did a bumber through Washington & Oregon for his birthday last week, and it was fantastic. A lot of driving, but really fun. We covered a lot of different ground, so we saw plenty. The weather was interesting, to say the least.

We followed the Columbia River to its mouth from Longview and crossed the long bridge to Astoria. We followed a little bit of the northern Oregon Coast (saw a large herd of elk lounging in a farmer's front yard just outside of Astoria) to Cannon Beach and the sea stacks, then wound our way inland to Troutdale, just east of Portland.

We stayed a McMenamin's Edgefield, where every surface is covered in beautiful paintings of both a weird and wonderful nature. Fabulous food & beverages from the Edgefield acreage and surrounding countryside on both sides of the Columbia.

A little side-tracking off from Lacey to Yelm, Tenino to Centralia for a more rural side of life. East up the Columbia Gorge to Multnomah Falls, which were very enthusiastically jumping over the cliff.

Over the Columbia at Biggs, through rabbitbrush and Ponderosa Pines to Toppenish and Yakima.

Over the Snoqualmie Pass (not actually snowing at that point, but had a lot of snow from the winter still), and following the Snoqualmie then Snohomish Rivers, and eventually back to "civilization" near Marysville.

1 comment:

Diet Menu said...

Ufff.... Too cold but very much interesting and enjoyable.