Trip Start Jun 23, 2010
24Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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Distance Traveled: 296 Miles
Travel Time: 6 :45
Arrival Time: 8 PM (Pacific)
Best: The Drive
Worst: The City of Portland.
Unexpected: Seeing two baby Eagles perched in a HUGE nest right next to the Highway along I-84 (Columbia River Gorge)
Today was a great day
As we were driving to go to Mt. Hood, we saw two baby Eagles right near the road. They were awesome. I couldn’t get a picture because there was nowhere to stop along I-84.
I really couldn’t get too much information about Mt. Hood or Portland-even though I have two travel guides on the areas. We found "The Infinity Loop" Scenic Hwy along Hwy 30 & 35, which circles Mt. Hood. At our first stop, the assistant told us it was a three-hour drive to Mt. Hood. I told the girls that we must do it, since we missed Hells Canyon and this was the reason we were here- to see the sights.
The town of Corbett was along this route. Portions of Twilight were filmed here. The scene from Bella’s senior prom was filmed at a local restaurant. We didn’t stop at the restaurant, but we got a business card from there
Our first stop was the Larch Mountain Road “Vista House” which was way at the top of a mountain. We had seen it when we were on I-84 and wondered what it was. You could see it for miles. Portions of the first Twilight movie were also filmed here. We remembered the scene where Bella and her boyfriend were sitting in the tops of trees and “flying”. This was the only way to lure Grace out of the car- the fact that the movie was filmed here. She was busy watching a movie and had no interested in seeing the views. (We quickly ended that issue.) This view was spectacular. In fact, when I saw the Twilight movie, I thought this portion was filmed in Olympic National Park (right next to Forks, WA). I remember thinking how lush and beautiful it all looked and made a note to self that we MUST visit Olympic National Park. I hope it’s just as beautiful when we see it.
There were 7 Falls along the route all within a 15-mile area. We chose to stop at two: Bridal Veil and Multnomah Falls.
Once Grace heard we were going to take a hike, she perked right up. (I’m trying to remember that the girls have been sitting in the car for a very long time.) Then, once the girls learned I was going to take their picture near these beautiful sights, they suddenly became camera hogs and hams – “Take my picture here, no here, Oh here!!”
The walk to Bridal Veil was about ½ mile
Multnomah Falls was our 2nd choice because that too, had been used for a Twilight movie. We are thinking it was from the one opening in a few days, because we didn’t recognize it from the movie. Of course, Kelly will have to watch the movies all over again (I’m sure she is so sad.) This was, by far, the most crowded of all the falls we passed. We soon found out why. When you walked upon the falls, it really didn’t look like much. I could see a falls in the background and it looked much smaller and more insignificant than Bridal Veil. Then, suddenly you saw that what you saw from the road was only the bottom portion of the falls. This was a double-decker MASSIVELY high waterfall. It is the 2nd largest all-season waterfall in the US. (Don’t know the highest.) This view was absolutely breathtaking. It was ginormous! It towered so high above us. As I’ve said before, I am sure that our pictures will not do it justice. (In fact, I understand now why people say you must go and see the sights for yourself. It is so different from what you see in pictures.)
Next, we drove to see Mt
I also had some difficulty spotting things along the side of the road. Many times along the way I have noted a horse and it was a cow when we got closer. So now I say “Something” and they must spot it and decide what it is. They really get enjoyment out of picking on me!
We were unable to find anywhere along the route to stop and actually get close to Mt. Hood. We ended up driving around it. It was massive and pretty, but would have been much better if we could have stopped and got a better view. Of course, I made Kelly take pictures from every angle through the route- she enjoyed making fun of me for that.
When we arrived at the Astoria KOA, we were pleasantly surprised. It is by far the best KOA we have stayed at. Quiet, roomy, activities for the kids and meticulously landscaped. FREE BREAKFAST!
All in all, a good day.