Sunday 22nd May 2022
We had so much rain in Oregon! It seemed like it rained nearly every day. In fact it was the rainiest April on record!! A good portion of May has also been slinging down that liquid sunshine. Of course this gave us a good excuses to visit many breweries.
Taking advantage of a sunny afternoon we explored Oregon City.
We just had to take a trip up the only vertical street in the US. No charge either.
It was originally built in 1915 as the locals living on the bluff got tired of walking up the hill. A few renovations later and this fancy elevator takes only 15 seconds to reach the top.
Willamette Falls, in Oregon City has the largest waterfall by volume in the Northwest. It is the 17th widest waterfall in the world. That’s a lot of water!
We had a great visit with Dax and Jay. Dean got a bit nostalgic for the old days of living in a house and mowed the grass. He might be done for another few years.
Stuart gave our lads a knife demonstration. They learned more about knives and sharpening knives than they ever thought possible.
I’m always up for a boy hug.
We still have our Honda Elements. Ours is the oldest. Beauty reached the grand old age of 18 this year.
Thanks for the good times lads.
We had a conversation at dinner the night before about never having a tire blowout. Of course it had to be chucking it down with rain when the blowout occurred. Also, to add to our pain, it was on a very busy interstate and by the time we were able to reach a fairly safe area to change the tire it was ruined.
This part of a pair of scissors picked up on the road, was the cause of our miserable afternoon. Still a new tire, hot showers and a few drinks helped ease the pain.
Moving on to Hood River we managed to snag some great views of Mount Hood.
It just so happens that we know of a brewery that has outdoor seating so we were able to relax with a beverage and enjoy the view.
Talking about blowouts. I think we might have a little tire jinx going on. Not too far into our 35 mile bike ride around the Hood River area I had a puncture. Luckily Stuart had a spare inner tube so all ended up well. Thank you Stuart for your extensive repair kit.
Driving on I-84 along The Columbia Gorge, you frequently see “Arms” traveling down the road. Biglow Canyon Wind Farm has over 200 windmills and more being built all the time. With a pretty constant wind coming down the Gorge these babies generate a lot of electricity.
Another great brewery. I love the breweries in the Northwest as they always have at least 1 or 2 ciders on tap, and that’s my drink. I have even converted Leslie into a cider connoisseur.
This brewery had good pizza as well as brewskis and cider.
That’s a lot of Buffalo heads.
A sunny day meant a hike at Catherine Creek.
They may not be bluebells (my favourite flower) but Lupines come pretty close, and they are certainly the right color. Next to hugging Dean and the lads I love hugging me some flowers.
We tried a bit of logging but got stumped.
There were lots of flowers to enjoy on our hike including this pretty Bitterroot.
Wild Roses smell so good.
We even had the pleasure of a little meetup with this cute Garter Snake.
Balsam Root and Lupines were bobbing in the wind. It was a lovely day out.
There is only one person in this picture who is stylin’ the hair.
Onwards to beautiful Canada. Eh!!