Today was another stunning Autumn day in the Columbia Gorge. We did the loop around the Columbia River from Vancouver, Washington to Hood River and back to Portland. We stopped to hike up Beacon Rock – 1 mile of uphill switchbacks with the reward of beautiful views up and down the gorge on both the Oregon and Washington sides. A much deserved lunch was burgers and fries at Betty’s Place (a fabulous old school diner) in downtown Hood River!
Enjoy a totally customized day tour with me – including time to stop and walk or hike – for just $120 (1-2 people). Makes a great gift certificate for visiting friends and family members!
A glorious 30 mile ride through the Autumn leaves and along the Columbia River to Blue Lake Park.
Portland is famous for our craft beer and Oregon wine, but we also have some wonderful old school coffeehouses that are great for more than just a cup of joe. My favorite is Common Grounds on SE Hawthorne Ave. It is small and cozy with a large rack of national newspapers and good magazines that span news and culture and arts and outdoors. Tonight is Saturday and it’s full of people reading, listening to music or surfing their laptops, and having something to eat and drink from their very decent menu.