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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another New Car and a Great Breakfast

With all the hoopla of the last few days, I didn’t get the chance to post a couple of photos of our last day in Cascade Locks and our trip from Cascade Locks to Pendleton.

P1040705Our last excursion in Hood River was to the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, just across the Bridge of the Gods on the Washington side in Stevenson.  It is a small museum and we were a little disappointed.  Overall, I would give it a 5 out of 10. 
The most interesting display was the Fish Wheel.  These wheels were in use on the Columbia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  These wheels were very efficient at taking fish from the river and scooped up literally tons of fish that were processed at local canneries.

There is a beautiful view of the river from here.


The last I saw of Russ was when he was getting this capture.  Luckily I was able to retrieve his camera.


When we left Cascade Locks, the clouds were hanging low over the mountains giving them a misty appearance.

misty mountain2

The road ahead was filled with gorgeous scenery.

misty road

A drive by shot of a roadside pond shows a small portion of the beauty along the Columbia Gorge.

There are lots of these groves of trees along Highway I-84.  They are Pacific Albus, which is just a made up name for poplar trees.  They were originally grown to be used as pulp but as pulp prices dropped and paper mills closed, the tress were left to grow large enough for cut stock.  Although poplar is a light wood and not very strong, it can be used for things like pictures frames, trim boards, and even in making pallets.


Pendleton is rodeo country and you can tell they like their horses as you get near town.

Poppy was tired by the time we arrived at the Wild Horse Casino.
poppy tired


Today we went to Walla Walla to trade rental cars.  This was the first car the dealership rented to us…the same color as Paulette’s new car!!  Nice enough car but a pretty low end model.  The weather was warm yesterday despite the rain and this car had no A/C.  I had Russ call and see if they had something else – I know, I’m high maintenance. 

The dealer graciously allowed us to trade for this little beauty.  All the bells and whistles and good A/C.  It’s  Nissan Altima – first Nissan I have ever driven!   I’m a happy camper.

But first, We visited downtown Pendleton for breakfast.  I read about a place in old town called the Main Street Diner.  This building is only 17’ wide and originally housed a cigar and soda shop during the prohibition years.  It’s now done up in a a 50s theme and was a pleasant experience.  Service was great and so was the food.  Prices were reasonable with my bacon and eggs only $6.95.  I would recommend this place for a good meal and a fun atmosphere.
The sidewalks in this part of town are made to look like a boardwalk (but not a very good replica!)

While in another block, the sidewalks are in worse shape but they have a plausible excuse.  The sign says “caution, historic sidewalk”!!

After breakfast and a quick walk around the city park, we headed out for Milton-Freewater to see all their famous frogs…but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

The End!


  1. Sam, I took that shot of the train engine for you, buddy! Good thing Donna was able to retrieve the camera and download the photos ;)) It was fun standing on the track, waiting for just the right moment. Maybe my timing was off just a little, but I tried the best I could.

  2. Wonderful photo tour. I guess it says something about the times we reside in when you have to label an old sidewalk with a caution sign.

  3. Overpass art is overlooked and is all across the country, i really enjoyed it and wish i had pictures, but that is impossible when driving an RV and whizzing down an interstate!

  4. Some beautiful photos today of the Columbia River Gorge.

    How did that train miss Russ?

    Nice looking wheels!

  5. Beautiful shots - yes you were lucky to be able to retrieve the camera. Love your sense of humor.

    Sharon and Ron

  6. Great pictures, Donna and Russ! I like following along on your tour. You almost wouldn't know that you had a big problem with your car since your blog is so positive and optimistic. There are always things to see, even in Milton-Freewater, and of course, Walla Walla, Washington!

  7. nice looking temporary wheels!..and even better photos today!..beautiful!!

  8. A vehicle sold in North America with no A/C? I didn't think that happened any more. I've had a few with no A/C, but they were all old/used whatevers.
    Anyway, it's good to see things are moving along.
    That "collision" thing can be a bummer. I used to think it only had to do with an other vehicle (silly me) but once upon a time our oldest daughter got trapped in the left lane and couldn't avoid hitting a steel I-Beam that had come off the back of a truck, and it was "collision". They had to write off her sweet little 4x4 pick-up truck. She was sad. That of course meant that her coverage went up. *mumble*
    Hopefully yours doesn't, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
    I've looked at the Fit, and I think they're kind of cute. I gather yours is an automatic? Hard to keep track of who is driving what.
    Too many blogs. Too little memory.

  9. That fish wheel is a heck of a lot bigger than the one we saw in Alaska. It was interesting to see how it operated and the escape hatch that allowed some fish to get away so as not to overfish the waters.

  10. Your scenery photos are phantastic! I got a chuckle of the head-on shot of the train... at least you salvaged the camera. My first "NEW" car was a nissan... then called a Datsun... It cost $4,000 (a fortune for us) and lasted until my son turned 16 years old ;-)

  11. The scenery is breathtaking! I am such a sucker for good scenery pictures. :)

  12. Love the picture of the grove of trees.

    I had the same thought as your reader Bob. I didn't know there were cars without A/C even made any more. Or was this car's A/C broken?

  13. Some beautiful pictures, sure would like to visit the area someday. Glad the insurance is helping with the car repairs. Hope Poppy got caught up on here rest, cute picture of her.

  14. So glad you were able to upgrade your car! It makes a difference:-)

    Love the pics!! Beautiful!!

  15. Really enjoyed your blog post today. The photos are great.

  16. a great day and great photos...and another new car to spin around in...love the pic of poppy...such a cutie...can't believe that car had no a/c like bob I thought they all came with a/c...guess we're never to old to learn...have a super weekend

  17. What breathtaking scenery and pictures! Looks like a beautiful place to visit. I'm glad you got your new car. Have fun!

  18. Love this ... I'm in Estes Park, Colorado right now and m'plans - hah! are to make it to Oregon ... can't quite make up my mind which way I want to go and I'm not in a large hurry to get any where!

    I do want to visit Sedona Arizona ... has been on my 'must see' list a long time.

    I lived in Portland for a while but never NEVER made it up to Washington State... so them's my plans...

    Love these pictures!