Historic Columbia River Gorge Drive
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We got up, checked out from Park Lane Suites, and drove around Nob Hill and Washington Park before we picked up Thomas at 9:45pm. Little did we know that both Nob Hill and the Park were like a walk away from my hotel!! We parked along the street in Nob Hill and walked around. It was still pretty early so most of the businesses weren't open yet. A few people were doing their Saturday morning jog.
We drove to Washington Park. The park is actually set upon a hill and not flat land like I expected. You would have to drive your car up the hill that will lead you to different sights. Sights being Holocaust museum, zoo, discovery museum, arboretum, etc. We stopped at the International Rose Test Garden.
We picked up Thomas and drove along the Columbia River Gorge Highway. Our first stop was Vista House. It had a nice view of the city and the gorge. We continued on to Latourelle Falls (249 ft), Wahkeena Falls (242 ft), and Multnomah Falls (620 ft). All the views from these falls were breath-taking!! Multnomah was actually taller than the Hickory Nut falls in Chimney Rock park!
We ate lunch at the Multnomah Falls lodge, recommended by the travel guide. It was really nice and had a rustic feel to it. The inside had a nice, dark, comfy ambience with warmth coming from the fireplace. It was so nice and toasty inside! Ant and I ordered salmon with fries. It was sooo good, better than the salmon from the Pioneer mall.
From there, we went to the Bonneville Lock and Dam. From Wikipedia -->The primary functions of Bonneville Lock and Dam are those of electrical power generation and river navigation. The dam was built and is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The dam also has fish ladders that help the salmon get past the dam. I only saw one fish and I think it was stuck because it stayed in one place even though the water was rushing by. We also checked out the Bonneville fish hatcheries, lots of yummy salmon. LOL
After that, we passed by the Bridge of the Gods. According to my travel book, there is a legend that says this was actually a natural bridge a long time ago. This bridge connects Oregon and Washington over the Columbia River.
After the Fort, we headed back to Portland. We stopped by an outlet off of I-84, but there were no interesting shops.
We ate dinner at some hole in the wall Japanese place called, Joy Teriyaki, a walk away from the hotel. SOOO hole in the wall, no one that worked there was Japanese! LOL Anyways, I ordered chicken teriyaki, it was pretty good. Ant ordered this noodle thing that looked like pancit canton, but it has a diff seasoning!