Rose City Vacation (Part 1)

05 Jul

Since our birthdays are so close together Isaac and I go down to Portland every year to celebrate. Last year (Wally-less) we spent most of our time downtown with a foray to the Japanese Garden (which is beautiful btw). This year we decided to go a little further out so Wally could join us. Friday night was just driving and checking into the Motel 6 by Portland Meadows. Lemme tell ya, their bed suck but it’s cheap. We stuck it out for 2 nights but tapped out at the idea of 3.

Multnomah Falls, upper falls

Saturday morning found us at Mother’s Bistro for a delicious breakfast. They had the best oatmeal on the planet (yes, I would definitely go back for just the oatmeal) plus an amazing ham and Gouda omelet. Since we were able to snag an outdoor table Wally was very popular with passersby and the folks standing in the massive line outside. I’m proud to say he behaved wonderfully.

Multnomah Falls, lower falls

After breakfast we drove up the Columbia to Multnomah Falls, admiring the river and surrounding ridges in the sunshine. Multnomah was BUSY! A great opportunity for training. :)

Washington bluffs viewed from Multnomah

The hike to the top of the falls is only a mile or so, but it’s all uphill with 11 switchbacks. Throw in 80 degree heat (although it was shady) and it was quite the workout. Wally pulled on the leash a lot but got better as the hike went on, and did pretty good at “leaving” other dogs.

Family photo before we got all sweaty

Wally passed out under the A/C vent all the way back to the hotel and enjoyed a nice nap in the air conditioned room while we went to Widmer Gasthaus for lunch. After drinking some delicious beer and getting our growler refilled we picked up the Wally dog and headed to Beacon Rock.

Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock is actually in Washington and it’s a volcano plug made of lava. Pretty cool, huh? Much like the Falls, Beacon Rock is steep and full of switchbacks, something like 52 of them.

Just a few of the switchbacks on Beacon Rock

Even though the hike was only a mile it felt like a lot more work when you looked up! We thought we were almost there at one point only to discover MORE switchbacks!

Peeking out over the Gorge

The view from Beacon Rock was amazing, we could see the whole Columbia River Gorge for miles.

Columbia River Gorge

We decided that after two uphill hikes we deserved some pampering so we went to Andina, my favorite Peruvian restaurant. I got a Sacsayhuaman martini (habanero vodka and pureed passion fruit) to go with my delicious meal, and we shared a fluffy goat cheese lemon cake for dessert. After a quick Wally walk around downtown we headed back for a much needed sleep.

And that was just one day!

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