Well, much to my surprise, and after a VERY long flight, we landed in Oregon Wednesday night. Portland, to be exact. First a quick night's sleep, then off to breakfast and some sightseeing. Now pardon all these pictures, but it's been quite a while since I traveled, so I got a little excited. Well, to be honest, so did my traveling companions. So here are some highlights of the day on a trip east along the Columbia River.
This first one is of the Columbia River Gorge at a scenic vista somewhat off the beaten path.
Then there is this one of Latourell Falls.
Ooops - here I am. Way at the bottom.
And then to another falls - Bridal Veil this time. A little bit of a walk, but well worth it.
And one last one - Multnomah. The second highest in the U.S. It falls over 600 total feet in two sections. Amazing!
Then there was the stop in Cascade Locks and the bronze statue of Sacagawea and Seaman, companions to Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. Pretty cool.
But the day would not have been complete without seeing the famous Mt. Hood. They took me to Panorama Point, miles away from the mountain, yet it tends to dominate the landscape from wherever. The picture just doesn't do it justice.
Overall, quite a first day!