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.
Our 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.
The road ahead was filled with gorgeous scenery.
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.
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.