Columbia River Gorge & Beacon Rock Day Trip

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)Β 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!

The first glimpse of a beautiful valley.
Beacon Rock
LaVelle atop a gorgeous valley on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Beacon Rock State Park


The stair climber – that’s what the 1 miile straight climb feels like. Well worth the view!
The gate clises at dusk. No foolin’.
Zig zag up (and down)
Made it to the top of Beacon Rock! What a great hike up the Stairway to Heaven!
Carson Hot Springs – a delightful place to relax.
Rustic hot mineral baths.
Get wrapped up like a mummy in hot sheets and sweat it out.
BYO Dining Room
On the road again headed along the Columbia River toward Hood River.
A much deserved lunch at Bette’s Diner in downtown Hood River!


Autumn Bike Tour

A glorious 30 mile ride through the Autumn leaves and along the Columbia River to Blue Lake Park. 

Fall is oifficially here and we are bringing out the cold and wet weather gear to keep on riding!
Sailboat on the bank of the Columbia River.
Sarah blending in to Autumn colors.
Garden at Blue Lake Park.
Blue Lake Park
Perfect picnic spot! All we needed was the barbecue fixins!

City of Coffeehouses

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.

A new art installarion going up on the far wall.
I’m having a very spicy chai latte πŸ‘ŒπŸ» and studying up on some Oregon history.