Portland Day Hike: Latourell Falls Columbia River Gorge

Latourell Falls Lower Falls Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge, 30 minutes east of Portland, is filled with lots of great hiking. You could easily spend a couple of days hiking all the different trails.  I love the Columbia River Gorge and having it in Portland’s backyard is one of the many reasons to love this city.  A really great hike, and the closest of the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls to Portland, is Latourell Falls.  Latourell Falls is a easy to moderate hike just past Vista House on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

To get to Latourell Falls, head east on I-84 out of Portland.  Take exit 22 (Corbet) and drive up to the Historic Columbia River Highway and turn left.  If you have the time the Portland Women’s Forum and Vista House are on the way and worth stopping at.  If you are crunched for time, keep driving.  Latourell Falls is on the right side of the highway past the Vista House.  The parking lot is marked Latourell Falls.  If you are going to hike the falls I suggest heading out early because the parking lot can fill up fast.  If you get to Latourell Falls by 9:30 you should be able to find plenty of parking.  If you get there too late you will need to park on the shoulder of the highway.

The hike to view both Lower Latourell Falls and Upper Latourell Falls is a little over 2 miles. The hike is easy/moderate in difficulty. The beginning to the hike is a bit steep but after that it levels off.  if you are not interested in the hike but just want to view the falls you can get a pretty good view from a trail just below the parking lot.

Latourell Falls Lower Falls Trail Columbia River Gorge

However, I think the hike is well worth it.  It is good exercise and Upper Latourell Falls is a pretty waterfall that is not overly crowded thanks to the uphill hike to get there.

Latourell Falls Upper Falls Columbia River Gorge

Another reason why I think the Upper Latourell Falls hike is worth it is for the view.  After you walk past the falls there is a split in the trail.  One goes up (the way back) and one goes down.  The downhill trail will take you to a lookout with a great view of the Columbia River Gorge below.

View from Latourell Upper Falls Trail Columbia River Gorge

 

If you are looking for a day hike from Portland and don’t have all day to spend in the Columbia River Gorge, then Latourell Falls may be the hike for you.

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Bamboo Sushi: My New Favorite Sushi Restaurant

I love sushi, but I do have one problem with it.  I eat a ton of it!  As a result when searching for sushi restaurants I usually look for places that offer good value.  I’ve often told people that I am not a sushi connoisseur.  That while I know the difference between bad sushi and good sushi, I cannot tell the difference between good sushi and even better sushi.  Well, apparently, I just had to go the right place.  Bamboo Sushi is freaking good and better than my go to sushi place, Sansai.

The menu at Bamboo is pretty diverse with many things I have never tried before. Naturally that meant I needed to try some of them, such as the quail egg shooters.

Bamboo Sushi Qual Eggs

They quail eggs were actually pretty tasty (although you good easily swallow them without tasting them) I chewed mine a little to taste it and they were good.  It was mostly yolk but had good flavor and because the size was small the texture of a raw egg is not too bothersome.

For dinner we ordered salmon sashimi, arctic surf clam nigiri, tuna nigiri, philly rolls, soft shell crab rolls, and cocktails.

Bamboo Sushi

Unfortunately, missing in the picture above is the surf clam nigiri.  I was so excited to try it, I ate it, then realized I meant to take a picture, oops.  The sushi was outstanding.  The tuna nigiri was our favorite.  We liked it so much we ordered a second serving. The tuna was melt in your mouth delicate and there was a very light seasoning that made the fish perfect.

Bamboo Sushi Rolls

The rolls were also very delicious.  I particularly enjoyed the soft shell crab roll.  The soft shell crab roll had the perfect combination of flavor and that soft shell crunch.  The philly roll was also very good.  I would have preferred a tad more salmon in it, nonetheless it was still good.

I really can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed Bamboo Sushi. Bamboo Sushi is now at the top of my list of favorite Sushi restaurants.  I highly recommend Bamboo Sushi.

The other great thing about Bamboo Sushi on NW 23rd is that Bamboo is right next to Salt and Straw.  Salt and Straw deserves a post on its own right, so I will just leave you with this.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

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Random Odds and Ends

There are few things I wanted to take a moment to get out there.  Nothing long enough for an individual post but all worth mentioning.

Willamette Week Restaurant Guide

I’m sure most of you, since you are reading this blog, are like me and when you travel you want to eat where the locals eat and eat good food.  One of my top travel peeves is eating at a lousy restaurant.  That means I spend a good handful of time before I go on a trip researching places to eat.  I look at yelp, urban spoon, and trip advisor.  Another valuable resource, when you can find them, are also local restaurant guides.  Willamette Week released their restaurant guide last week and it is a great resource to check out.  Another great resource from Willamette Week is the cheap eats guide.  Being the cheapskate that I am, cheap eats is one of my favorite guides.

Ecliptic Brewing

The beer geeks in town are pretty excited about a brewery that just opened a couple of days ago, Ecliptic Brewing.  The person behind Ecliptic is John Harris a local brew master legend.   He was one of the early pioneers in the Oregon craft beer scene and worked at breweries such as McMenamins, Deschutes, and Full Sail.  Ecliptic is located in the North Mississippi neighborhood and just adds to the plethora of great bars and restaurants in the neighborhood.  I look forward to checking it out.

Saffron Fields Vineyard

For the vinophiles, a new tasting room is due to open in Oregon wine country at Saffron Fields Vineyard.  Saffron is located in Yamhill and is set to open the week of November 17th.  I’m not much of a wine guy, so I can’t say I will be making my way down there but for those of you who are interested here is another vineyard to add to the list.

Hood River

We are getting to the end of harvest season in the Hood River Valley.  At the Apple Valley Country Store they will be hosting their annual apple butter festival this weekend.  The event will feature apple butter made the old fashioned way in a kettle over an open fire. Apple Valley Country store has some amazing baked goods and I am sorry I will be missing this event. I will be down in Eugene for another weekend of Duck Football, go ducks!

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My Favorite Fall Day Trip

Autzen Stadium

Yup, Oregon Football.  I am a huge Oregon Football fan.  I moved from Portland to Eugene when I was a teenager, went to high school in Eugene and then attended the U of O before working my way back to Portland.  So in addition to being an alum, I was brainwashed by the locals after living in Eugene for 10 years.  Admittedly, this is not a day trip for all but if you like college football it is definitely worth the trip.

Doing this as a day trip works best if kickoff is at 12:30 PM or early to mid afternoon.  A game makes for a horrible day trip when kickoff is at 7:00 PM.  I’ve done it before and unfortunately will be doing it again this weekend and it sucks but it is manageable.  For the 7:00 games I highly suggest making a weekend out of it.  Otherwise, with traffic you are probably looking at getting back to Portland around 2:00 in the morning.

When you drive down for a game my advice is to leave early.  The earlier the better.  There are a lot of people who drive down from Portland for the day to watch these games and traffic can be pretty gnarly.  For a 12:30 kick off, my friends and I will usually leave around 5:30 am.  Traffic is virtually non-existent and we have a nice relaxing breakfast when we get down there.  My favorite breakfast is the breakfast burrito at Burrito Amigo. For the later games, play it by ear but also make sure you pay attention to what is going on in Corvallis.  When Oregon State also has a home game traffic can get very very bad on I-5. If Oregon State also has a game I would suggest going first thing in the morning, regardless of Oregon’s kick off time or leave right as Oregon State kicks off.

When you get there before the game, obviously, you will want to partake in some of the tailgating festivities.  You have a few options at your disposal.  First is the traditional tailgating from a parking spot.  Unless you are fortunate enough to score a parking pass on the Stadium grounds, chances are you will be tailgating across the street.  These lots open up about 5 hours before kickoff.  There is a city ordinance that prohibits drinking outside the stadium until 4 hours before kickoff, which is why they don’t usually open until it is close to that 4 hour window. The exception is the Mason’s lodge which opens up first thing in the morning.  The lodge is all on private property which is how they get around the ordinance, so if you park there you can drink to your heart’s content, but go easy you still have to drive home!  Parking across from Autzen will generally run you $30 – $40.

If you don’t want to tailgate from a parking spot, your next option would be either one of the beer gardens or a bar.  Directly across the street from Autzen is a good sized beer garden that is new this year.  I have not had an opportunity to check it out, but it looks fun.

Down the street from Autzen is also a bar called the Cooler, which has a beer garden in their parking lot and a full service bar inside.  If you get there early enough the cooler also has an all you can eat $6 breakfast on game days.  It is not very good but it will fill you up for cheap.  The breakfast off their menu is much better.

Finally, the biggest and baddest beer garden of all is actually on the stadium itself.  The Moshofsky Center.

Moshofsky Center Beer Garden

The Mo Center is Oregon’s indoor practice facility.  During games it turns into what you see above.  It is a fun place to hang out but food and beer is expensive. Unlike the options mentioned above, you also need a ticket to get into the Mo Center.

Aside from the tailgating festivities I also enjoy just walking around the Stadium.  The facilities are mind boggling.  Alumni Phil Knight have poured a lot of money into the football program and it shows.  The latest is the fortress that was completed this season.

Oregon Football Operations Center 2

Oregon Football Operations Center

Oregon Football Operations Center 3

These games are a lot of fun and if you are a college football fan seeing a game at Autzen is a must.  It is one of the loudest and best venues in all of college football.  Autzen was named by the NCAA as the second loudest stadium in the country.  To give you an idea of how loud it gets check out the video I took from a game against Cal earlier in the season.

Yes it is raining, very hard, but that was a freak storm because it never rains at Autzen. Aside from the rain what is impressive about that video is how loud it is, in spite of all that damn rain!

As for tickets, I wish I had advice on how to score a cheap ticket but it is almost impossible.  Tickets will generally cost you at least $70 per ticket.  You can try using my cheap ticket method right after kickoff but I doubt it will work given the demand.  You best bet is to try and find something for face value off of craigslist.  I’ve bought and sold plenty of tickets off of craigslist and I find it to be pretty reliable.

If you make it down for a game, have fun, remember to be safe because you have to drive home, and go ducks.

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Portland: Beer, Beards, Street Meat, and Environmental Consciousness

A reader alerted me to a blog post about the blogger’s (Kristin) first trip to Portland.  I enjoyed the tip report and asked Kristin if I could republish her trip report here.  She was kind enough to agree.  Kristin is a teacher who lives in San Diego and writes a blog about her mission to experience 100 new things. I’m happy Portland made the list.  Rumor has it Kristin also like the Goonies and long walks on the beach, not sure if the two are related. You can check out her blog at seekingsd.wordpress.com, and here is her trip report:

The only experience I had with Oregon before this trip was “Oregon Trail” from 4th grade. When booking this trip, I just thought about all the oxen I was going to lose wading the river, or how Timmy was going to die of Typhus before we could reach the fort. However, when I arrived in Portland, I discovered that the city was filled with a plethora of modern luxuries, (so no bargaining with the natives for medicine). Modern day Portland is now known for beer, beards, street meat, and environmental consciousness, so basically just really clean hippies.

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The first thing I did when I arrived in Portland was head straight to eat at a gourmet street cart. Portland is known for original dishes that can only be found on a hipster roach coach. It is so popular, I assumed I could quiet my fears about what “street meat” actually consists of, and headed straight to see what the avenue of gluttony had to offer. I noticed that Portlanders seem to really like their Thai food, but again, hipsters all like Thai, it is way more cool than Chinese. So, I blamed them for the lack of variety. If you haven’t noticed, I am blaming all negative things on the hipsters, don’t get mad, it’s science. I settled on a gourmet grilled cheese truck, where I was pleasantly reminded that you can’t go wrong with bread, cheese, and a good deep fry. I enjoyed my meal in a park outside of Powell’s bookstore, noticing that everyone appeared to be eating outside. I thought it was so great that the locals make a point to get outside and enjoy fresh air during their workday. Then I remembered there were only about two months of sunshine a year in Portland, so it was more vitamin D deficiency, than an enjoyment of nature.

I continued my beautiful day with a stop at Powell’s books. This bookstore is a city block in size so I anticipated it would be like the mother ship calling me home. However, with all the color coded floors I felt a little lost and overwhelmed. I am pretty mainstream with my reading choices, so my excitement was not over the selection of hard to find new releases, but rather the large selection of used children’s books. I have spent the last ten years trying to track down a copy of “Jelly Beans for Breakfast”, my favorite, yet out of print, childhood book. Yes, I know I could just check Amazon, but there is something about finding your favorite childhood memory right where it belongs, on a bookshelf. Despite the mass inventory, Powell’s books did not have what I was looking for, so I wandered around, taking in the smell of old books (my favorite), and made my way back out to the street to continue my tourism.

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I ended my day with a walk along the river, where I took in the amazing scenery of the city. I stopped at the smallest park in the world, which is basically a plant in the middle of the street. You almost die trying to get there. I have to give props to Portland; the views from this city are amazing. On a clear day you can see Mt. Hood peeking out a top the clouds and it is pretty jaw dropping. The backdrop of the greenery surrounding the city makes you feel like the air you are breathing is cleaner, (I am from LA, so it probably was). However, just when I thought I was completing a perfect day, I headed to my car and got flashed by a homeless person. Not as horrible as it could have been, he asked me if I wanted to see his boobs. I figure if anyone, even a homeless person, asks to show you their boobs, you always say yes. I also discovered, while you always say yes, you are usually horrified with that decision. I told myself weirdos just added to Portland’s charm.

The next morning I learned, “all good things come in pink boxes”! Voodoo Donut boxes that is. I couldn’t come to Portland without stuffing my face with the popular breakfast pastry. The reason I loved Voodoo Donut so much was because they took everything that contributed to my childhood obesity and combined it into one breakfast treat. I decided on two donuts (you can’t go there and wait an hour for one), the regular chocolate glazed (always a safe bet), and then a chocolate glazed covered in Rice Krispy’s and Peanut Butter. It was one of the most sinful things I have done in a while, it was so rich it almost made me sick, but what do you do when you are full and eating something great? You just shove it down of course! Kate Moss is wrong, there is something that tastes better than skinny feels, and that is glazed bread covered in sugary cereal. My mom got the infamous “voodoo donut”, which was a voodoo doll with a pretzel through its heart, filled with jelly so when bitten it looked like blood. I appreciated the humor they brought to their pastry decorations. My favorite part of the experience was the advance researching of the menu with my mother and her cousin. Nothing makes gaining weight worth it more than having to describe to your mother what a “blunt” is, (yep the names on the menu don’t disappoint). Although, according to the venue, “the magic is in the hole”.

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Thankfully I planned to spend the next few days being active, since the main activity in Portland so far was eating. When it comes to outdoor activities, Portland really does do it better. The main reason I came to Portland was for the wedding of two close friends from San Diego. I met up with some wedding guests to hike Multnomah Falls before the ceremony, figuring you can’t waste clear skies in a place like this. If you ever get up to Oregon in the summer, take this hike, the views are awesome. While I discovered in a previous blog that hiking is “just like walking”, I found at the falls, if you are going to walk, you might as well do it next to a waterfall. I love moments in nature where you get to be in awe of something, it reminded me of why I started out on this adventure, to pay attention to living. We completed our hike just in time to avoid the tourists. For instance, the girl who was wearing the raised Rocket Dog flip-flops we all used to rock in college, who fell on her face and tried to blame nature. I may be new to this hiking thing, but at least I am not that girl, wining.

485459_10151823546046291_608948201_nThe wedding was about as Portland as one could imagine, and I loved it. This has been the year of weddings for me, and I have to say, this is probably one of the best I have ever been to. It was located on the water of Bridal Veil Lakes. The couple got married under a hutch covered in beer hops (all for the groom). The bride looked beautiful, with all the details of her dress and decorations perfectly complimenting a lakeside wedding. There were two things that made this the best wedding ever, the food, and the venue. The food was served family style, simply take your portion and pass it to the next table over (best pork chops ever). As I said, the venue was on a lake, yet I was very excited when I found, instead of the boring cocktail hour waiting for the couple, there were canoes and fishing rods. How many weddings have you been to where the couple says, “we are going to go take some photos, here is some alcohol, now go fishing on the lake while you wait”? It was awesome!!!! This wedding didn’t have all the typical clichés, no long speeches, no money dance, no tossing of the bouquet. There was no cutting of the cake, because the desert was cookies and mulberry pie, which again, I loved!!! I couldn’t decide if the wedding was so perfect because of it being outdoors in Portland, or because it so perfectly fit the couple. I settled on as much as I miss my two friends, they fit better in Oregon, the beer and the beards suit them (well not a beard for the bride)! Having friends in nice places just gives me an excuse to visit, only in the summer that is, I hate rain!

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The highlight of this adventure came the next day, and I will consider another adventure. Let’s just say, there was no way I was going to head up to Oregon without making a stop at one of my childhood dreams…..Astoria! Stay tuned to hear about my adventures with One-Eyed Willy!

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Sherlock Holmes Is Coming to OMSI

I am pretty excited about a new exhibit coming to OMSI on October 10th.  Here is a blurb from the press release:

Sherlock Holmes, a chemistry and forensics expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor turned-author Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted, and remain in practice today. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes, and interactive crime-solving opportunities.  Guests will be transported into Sherlock Holmes’ London to solve a crime in a world that was being introduced to his ground-breaking methods for the first time, a world filled with innovation and experimentation.

This sounds like a lot of fun and I am looking forward to checking it out.  The exhibit runs from October 10th to January 5th.  Admission to the exhibit will cost $18, which includes general admission to the rest of the museum.  If you want to save a few bucks consider going on the first Sunday of the month.  On the first Sunday general admission is $2 so you may be able to pay the difference and see the Sherlock Holmes exhibit for only $7.  Call ahead to confirm or just be prepared to pay the whole $18.

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Apple And Pear Harvest Is Here: Time For The Fruitloop

If it were not for the terrible weather forecast, this weekend would be a great time to go do the Hood River Fruit Loop.  I really enjoy this Portland day trip and we have done it for the last couple of years.  This weekend has a few things going on that make it a great time to visit the orchards and enjoy the harvest.

The Fruit Loop is a loop through the Hood River Valley which is home to a lot of pear and apple orchards.  The loop is made by Highways 35 and 281.  Along the way are orchards, farms, and vineyards.  We like to go do the Fruit Loop in late September when Honey Crisp apples are ready to eat and the cider is flowing.

We are planning on getting out there this weekend because not only are the Honey Crisp apples ready, but there are also a couple of fun events taking place as well.

First, is the Kiyokawa Family Orchards Desserts Galore event.  Desserts Galore is a dessert tasting feature recipes made with the fall harvest of pears and apples.  Kiyokawa also has hay bail rides for the kids and wine tasting for the parents.  Kiyokawa is number 18 on the map above.

Second, is Apple Valley Country Store Pear Dumpling Day and BBQ.  This is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner and enjoy some good BBQ and some amazing pear dumplings. We visited on this same weekend last year and tried the pear dumplings for the first time. The were amazing!  The country store is number 22 on the map above.

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Finally,  we still owe ourselves a trip to the Marchesi Vineyard.  We tried to visit on our last trip out to Hood River but never made it.  We have not been there before but have heard good things.  The vineyard is number 26 on the map above.

Now if only the weather will cooperate.  Saturday looks like it is going to be nasty, but Sunday, at least early on, is looking like the day to go.

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The Columbia River Gorge: One Of America’s Great Scenic Highways

Vista House View

Gary McFarland

The Columbia River Gorge is one of those places that is hard to describe with words.  It is a green, scenic, lush, beautiful, watershed, barely 30 minutes from Portland.  It is 74 miles of beauty stretching from Troutdale to Hood River.  It really is one of the top scenic highways in America.  Sound appealing?  I hope so, because not only are the views great but there is also some great hiking to be had as well.

This past weekend my in laws were visiting from Detroit.  My father-in-law is really into photography so we spent Sunday out at the Gorge.  Some of the photos in this post are his and some are mine (you can visit his website: here, and if you live in the Detroit area he does commercial photography as well).  We started our journey through the gorge at the Portland Women’s Forum and ended it at Hood River.  We had stops along the way at the Vista House, Wahkeena Falls, Oneonta Gorge, Horsetail Falls, an attempted stop at Marchesi Vineyards, and ended our day at Full Sail Brewing.  We skipped Multnomah Falls on this trip but I will include it in my discussion below since it is a popular stop.

To get to the Columbia River Highway take I-84 east to Exit 22.  Follow the road to the top of the hill and then veer left.  Turn left on to the Columbia River Highway and your first stop, the Portland Women’s Forum, is just a few minutes down the road.

Portland Women’s Forum

Portland Women's Forum

Our first stop in the morning was the Portland Women’s Forum.  Unfortunately, for us when we got there it was raining.  Nonetheless the views were still pretty amazing.  The pictures I took did not do it justice.  There is also an old road that you can hike, but there is much better hiking awaiting you further in the gorge.

Vista House

Vista House

Our next stop was the Vista House.  Prior to reaching the Vista House and just a mile or so down the road from the Portland Women’s Forum is the turn of to go up Larch Mountain. We did not stop at Larch mountain on this trip but there are some spectacular views from Larch Mountain and some hiking.

The Vista House is a short drive from the Women’s Forum.  The Vista House was built to be both an observatory and a rest stop for travelers along the Columbia River Highway. I’ve been to many a rest stop in my day and I can’t think of a prettier one.  The views from up here are also pretty spectacular.  The photo at the beginning of this post was taken by my father-in-law from the Vista House.

Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls Creek

Gary McFarland

Our first hike of the day was at Wahkeena Falls.  It is a very short hike from the parking area to the top.  There is a bridge that crosses right in front of the falls and is so close you feel like you can reach out and touch Wahkeena Falls.  The hike is only 2/10 of a mile to the bridge but it is a bit steep.  It is another half a mile to the top where there is a lookout.

At the base of the trail back by the road you can hike a half mile to Multnomah Falls.  There is a lot of parking around Wahkeena so if the parking lot is full at Multnomah Falls consider parking here.  If you walk along the road and skip the trail, Multnomah Falls is only a quarter mile away.

Multnomah Falls

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We skipped Multnomah Falls on this particular trip.  If you have never been, however, it is a must stop.  There is a lodge that offers food.  My favorite thing to eat here is actually at the snack bar on the side of the lodge that sells ice cream cookie sandwiches (vanilla ice cream squished between two chocolate chip cookies, yum!).   There is a very popular mile long hike to the top of the falls.  I really enjoy the hike and it has a lookout you can walk onto right at the top of the falls.  If you continue hiking along the trail it will take you to the top of Larch Mountain.  The hike is a 14 miles roundtrip and will take you 5.5 to 6 hours. Once you get a little bit past Multnomah Falls the crowd virtually disappears.

Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Creek

Gary McFarland

For us, our next stop was at Oneonta Gorge. The hike is almost entirely along a creek bed. The picture above was taken about a quarter mile into the hike when you reach a point where the gorge is blocked by a couple of big boulders and fallen trees.  If you want to continue the hike you will have to climb over this obstacle.  Be careful climbing over, especially if it has rained.  Once you are on the other side though, the scenery is gorgeous.

Oneonta Gorge

This is a picture I took from the other side of the log and boulder obstruction. Normally, you would not have this to yourself but because it was raining most of the day not that many people were out hiking. It was pretty cool being along at the bottom of this beautiful gorge.

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This last picture was taken from where I stopped along the creek bed.  You can just see the falls around the corner.  This was the last stop for me because I did not bring a change of clothes and you have to do this to make it across:

Oneonta Deep

This is one of my favorite spots along the gorge and a great place to go to escape the heat on a really hot day. The beginning of the hike is also a great place for kids.  The water is about puddle deep before the obstruction and my two year old had a blast splashing in the water and throwing rocks.

Horsetail

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls was our last stop along the Columbia River Highway.  The falls are right off the road and we stopped to get a quick picture and use the restroom.  There is, however, a great hike here that is only 2.5 miles long.

Marchesi Vineyards

Once we left the Gorge we got back onto I-84 and continued to Hood River.  Our next stop was supposed to be at Marchesi Vineyards.  However, once we got here hunger took over and so we decided not to stay and go get an early dinner.  I have not been here before so it is on my list of places to stop when we return to Hood River next month to pick apples along the famous fruitloop.

Full Sail Brewing

Full Sail Stout

Our last stop of the day was at Full Sail brewing. I have a funny relationship with Full Sail. I think the beer you can buy in the store is mostly ok. The brewery, however, offers some beers not sold in stores that are really good.  Whenever I am in Hood River I always stop at full sail to at least grab a pint.

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After eating dinner at Full Sail we hopped on I-84 and took the quick drive home. We started our day at 10:30 am and got home around 7:00 pm. It was a fun filled day filled with lots of pretty views and some good hiking. I think the Columbia River Gorge is a must for anyone visiting the Portland area.

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TILT: Portland’s Best Burger and You Have Probably Never Heard Of It

Tilt

I can’t believe I have never heard of this place before.  How is it possible?  These burgers are damn good. Too good to be that big of a secret.  We hear plenty about the usual suspects, Little Big Burger, Killer Burger, Five Guys, Foster Burger, etc…  It is time to add TILT to the list of Portland restaurants serving great burgers.   Continue reading

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