A few weeks ago I posted up a picture of a pink peony blooming in the yard. Karen mentioned that white were her favorite and I promised a picture of our white ones when they bloomed.
The rootstock of our pink tree peony is sending up shoots of its own this year too. They are pink but with white centers.
THE WATERFALLS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
We'd made arrangements to drive the Columbia River Gorge on Sunday and visit/hike a few waterfalls with some friends we don't get to see often enough. It was a great day.
We started off picking them up in Portland and having a late breakfast at Back to Eden Bakery. We picked up a few yummy things to take along and off we went down I-84 into the Columbia Gorge.
Soon we exited onto old Highway 30 - a scenic byway. Vista House at Crown Point is a major tourist destination. We stopped just before it to get a view of the Gorge.
Vista house can barely be seen to the right on Crown Point, a promontory in the gorge. Here is a closer view.
Back in the car to Vista House - construction was started in December 1916. For the story of Vista House click this -----> LINK.
Once again in the car and a few u-turns later we were heading west down the twist and turns of the old Columbia River Highway. This road is a perfect motorcycle road, that is unless you get stuck behind slow moving tourists.
Next stop was Latourell Falls.
Then we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls for a wee hike.
The next and last stop was Multnomah Falls. There were so many people here that I didn't take many pictures. I didn't get the full falls and bridge, but mostly pictures of the upper falls. We did hike the 1.25 mile/11 switchback trail to the top. Surprisingly we weren't even sore the next day.
View from the top of Multnomah Falls
The river plunging over the edge to become Multnomah Falls.
I stopped to smell the wild roses on the way back down.
We made our way back down, stopped by the gift shop to have a peek and had some snacks back at the car. By the time we drove back to Portland it was close to 6 pm and sustenance was needed. Our friends took us to a wonderful little vegan bar called Sweet Hereafter for some awesome pub food. Thank you again you two - you know who you are.
Troubadour's Buffalo Soy Curl Baguette
My Eastern Bowl - tofu, broccoli, avocado and peanut sauce over brown rice
I didn't get a picture of the raw vegan strawberry cheesecake but it too was delicious. Soon we had to drop our friends off and head home. Brad had to work Memorial Day Monday so the alarm would ring at 4 am. We managed to get home by 9:30 and in bed by 10:30. It was a long but awesome day.
For some reason I don't think the pictures of the waterfalls turned out as well this time as they did when Meg and I went hiking. I think because these waterfalls were so much higher and the clouds and cliffs were darker.
- Au Revoir
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