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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 2 - The Columbia Gorge

As our motel didn't have breakfast, we ate the breakfast supplies we picked up during yesterday's MAX trip downtown. We were up at a reasonable hour and on the road early. When leaving Portland, we went east and ended up on I-84 without even trying. As soon as we'd come to Troutdale we exited in order to take part of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Also known as Historic Oregon US 30, the route was carved through the lowest part of the Cascade mountains with Model T's in mind. Many viewpoints were amazing.

As well as the lookouts over the river and I-84, there were a series of waterfalls. We travelled slowly and stopped many times for little walks. Obviously hiking is a common past-time for the urban Portland folk. Crown Point Vista House and Multnomah Falls are must-sees.

Before the trip we'd checked out accommodation in the city of 'The Dalles'. I'm glad that we didn't decide to stay there as we arrived at the town along the Columbia River before mid-afternoon. By this point, although only 90 miles from Portland the geography had turned dry. We decided to continue up to where US 97 crosses the river and continue along the Washington side of the river.

A large sign on Washington State Highway 14 offered a warning that they're be no services for the next 80 miles. It was fascinating to see the views which included the river, wineries, the Oregon side of the river, trains, and the drier landscape. The maps showed Kennewick, WA would be a place to hunt for a place to stay.

Woman's Conference
Vista
More Lookouts
2014-08-23_09-44-13 Kennewick

We had picked up a traveller's accomodation guide from an I-5 rest stop. We had quite a bit of difficulty finding the Super 8 we were looking for. This wasn't all bad as we ended up driving around the Tri-city area. The coupon worked well and the motel had obviously been recently updated. We used the hot tub and pool after consuming far too much at an Old Country Buffet which was within walking distance.

We will sleep well.


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