Current Location: Vancouver, Washington
Today’s Song: Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine
This song captures more of a feeling for me than anything else – the feeling of driving out across the rolling desert hills of eastern Washington, then the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge.
I slept in a little late this morning, then met up with (carazy Canadian birder friend) Tina for coffee, a pastry, and some more pleasant conversation. I could talk with her for hours, and she is simply delightful company! All too soon, though, it was time to hit the road.
Granted, I didn’t go all that far! Less than an hour down the road I decided to stop at Hermiston Brewing Company for a quick lunch and a beer from a local brewery. On the way I stopped by McNary Dam, which was scenic in an arid kind of way.
Well dam!— Road Tripping Husky (@DuncanDaHusky) July 10, 2017
(McNary Dam, to be precise.) pic.twitter.com/9YsYwnTNna
Then it was on for lunch! I had a halibut wrap with a salad, which was immediately offset by all of the beer.
Oops, I accidentally beer. pic.twitter.com/c2PhgpLNNQ— Road Tripping Husky (@DuncanDaHusky) July 10, 2017
The beer was…whelming. Ah well, you can’t win them all. In the interest of speed I then took to Interstate 84 and headed west along the Columbia River.
On the banks of the mighty Columbia. pic.twitter.com/r0cIaS3F9t— Road Tripping Husky (@DuncanDaHusky) July 10, 2017
The scenery started to pick up as I approached the Columbia River Gorge, and the landscape become more and more beautiful.
One nifty random thing along the trip: I popped to the northern side of the river into Washington because gas is substantially cheaper there. After I filled up I chatted with the cashier, who was curious about my Illinois license plates. I explained that I was on an extended road trip looking for cool things, and she directed me a short ways back the way I came to check out Schreiner Farms, a free exotic animal farm where you can drive in and see then animals (from your car). This was a fun, random break in the trip!
And suddenly, a random zoo. pic.twitter.com/AodDXtkgqc— Road Tripping Husky (@DuncanDaHusky) July 10, 2017
After that it was back over to the Oregon side and I received a lovely welcome as I headed west.
Well, hello there Mount Hood! pic.twitter.com/EX4BOXaOZS— Road Tripping Husky (@DuncanDaHusky) July 10, 2017
Based on Thumper’s recommendation, I stopped at Multnomah Falls and hiked up to the top. It’s a 1.25 mile hike with an elevation rise of about 700-800 feet. A moderate workout, but welcome all the same after sitting in the car all day!
Multnomah Falls, Oregon. Moderate hike to the top, but worth it! (1/2) pic.twitter.com/INBSTwMwuO— Road Tripping Husky (@DuncanDaHusky) July 10, 2017
After that invigorating hike, I fought my way through rush hour traffic to Thumper and Kalypso’s place. They are kind enough to put me up while I am in town and I am incredibly appreciative! We got a good dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Great cider, and decent beer too.
Oh dear, more beer 😀 pic.twitter.com/qErB8IX5l1— Road Tripping Husky (@DuncanDaHusky) July 11, 2017
Tomorrow I plan to dive into downtown Portland and wander around and find neat things, which is my general approach to new cities. I expect lots of coffee, beer, cider, and who knows what else?
Miles Driven Today: 227 miles
Time Driving Today: 5:09
Total Miles Driven: 1,945 miles
Total Time Driving: 42:24