WENATCHEE to PORTLAND FOR ONE DAY
It was Doug and Marilyn’s day to lead the parade from the Apple Capitol of the World to the Beer Capital of the World (according to the folks in Portland.) Since we have been trying to take as many scenic routes as possible, we looped through the Wenatchee Mountains and south to Ellensburg where we encountered an SUV over-full of Bernese Mountain dogs. Then we took a really scenic route along the Yakima River, through Yakima, and then through the Yakama Nation (miles of nothing and nobody) to the Columbia River Gorge.
Lunch was in White Salmon, WA, at Everyone’s Brewing Company and then we raced some trains along the Washington side of the Gorge before crossing the Bridge of the Gods back to the Oregon side. Both Doug and Rob had independently found a stop to make, the Vista House in Ainsworth State Park on the Old Columbia River Highway, so we climbed the narrow winding roads into gray skies and the 100+ year old building made as a travelers’ stop on the original road along the Gorge. The views really did go on forever.
We then gassed up (they either have to pump your gas for you or authorize you to pump your own in Oregon; go figure!), got into rush hour traffic to then face the one way streets of downtown Portland and the horrific narrow twists and turns in the parking lot for the Embassy Suites. Once we managed to get the cars parked, any thoughts of going somewhere until we departed left our minds.
Dinner was at Mother’s Bistro and Bar, an award winning restaurant that specializes in pot roast, chicken and dumplings, chicken fried chicken, mac and cheese and all the favorites but with just enough of a gourmet touch to set it up a notch.
Friday was a free day in Portland and since it was their first visit, Doug and Marilyn signed up for a 3 hour limo tour. Doug hit Voodoo Donuts in the early morning and Rob and Daryl paid a visit a little later. Interesting place! Rob and Daryl walked over to their dream destination, Powell’s City of Books, and had to tear themselves away before they were tempted to set up camp in the aisles.
The donuts at the bottom of the page are the Giant Peach, the Portland Crème, the Voodoo Doll and the Triple Chocolate Penetration.
Dinner is at Huber’s which has been serving Portland folks since 1879. The specialty of the house is roast turkey, although they have a varied menu. The location is a National Historic Landmark, with stained glass ceilings.
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