I stepped out of our motel in Hood River, which was settled cozily between Interstate 84 and the Columbia River Gorge. If you have never been to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, I highly recommend it. There are mossy forests, stunning scenic views of the gorge, waterfalls, and some amazing hiking. So anyway, I stepped out of the motel room to take Poppy for a jog. The sun was warming up and there was a cool breeze. Wow, it was really breezy. Actually, I think it is downright windy. But I have heard the kitesurfing is the king of sports here, so I guess its to be expected.
|The Columbia River Gorge, view from near our motel.|
After the jog, Paul and I head downtown to the Dog River Cafe where I heard they served Stumptown Coffee, another recommendation of mine, if you find yourself in the greater Portland area.
|Dog River Cafe|
|View of Downtown with the Columbia River in the distance.|
|The Waterfront Park|
|Another View of Downtown and the neighborhoods above.|
|A view of Downtown as we climb the hill above town.|
|Matt, the Juice Guy, from Juice Brothers.|
|Hood River Valley with a faint view of Mount Hood.|
|Poppy, enjoying the countryside from the car window.|
|A fun, hilly country road.|
|The Hood River Valley|
|A view of Mount Adams in Washington.|
|Another hilly road in the rural Hood River Valley.|