The Gorge is Gorgeous
Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
10Trip End Sep 10, 2012
We only got about a mile down the road and we pulled into the Maryhill Winery. We went in and I bought a bottle of Maryhill Moscato. We bought it chilled and they opened it for us and we sat on the terrace and had a glass. The terrace was roofed with grapevines. There was a Bocci Court and a huge amphitheater with seating for 4000 people. Hughie Lewis and the News will be there the 15th of September. After one glass we put the rest into the cooler for later.
Our next stop was Wishram, a small railroad town with a huge Great Northern Railroad Locomotive on display. We drove down the bluff on a steep road and through town to the train station. It is still a station for Amtrak. We watched the trains in the yard and viewed the locomotive which was really large. We went back up the steep road and drove further west to Celilo Falls Monument and Viewpoint. There used to be a great set of rapids and falls here before they built The Dalles Dam. Now that is all under water. Lewis and Clark had to portage around the falls when they came through.
We drove through Dallesport which is across the river from The Dalles
Bingen was the next town on our trip, we didn’t stop. A short while later we came to the toll bridge back to Oregon at Hood River. We decided to go back across. The toll was only one dollar but the bridge was the kind that had the metal roadbed you could see through to the water. It was difficult to drive on and we had to go slow because we were wavering so much. Thank goodness we weren’t pulling a camper. Once on the other side we pulled off into a parking lot that had public restrooms. It was right next to the Information Center so we went in. The ladies there were very helpful by giving us some ideas of what to do on our way back to the Dalles. They suggested that we go to Mosier and drive the old Rt. 30 Heritage Road. They also suggested that we try the Fruit Loop and go to Mt
Old Rt. 30 was great. Right after we got off at Mosier we saw a hiking trail posted, Mosier Twin Tunnels East. We parked our car in the shade where it said, No Parking, because there was no one else around. This was no trail! It was ten feet wide and paved. It was actually the old Rt. 30 that had been abandoned because the tunnels were too narrow for modern traffic. Someone had the bright idea of restoring it into a bike/hiking path. We walked up and up. It was pretty hot, over 90, but the breeze and some shady patches made it bearable. We saw lots of lava rocks on the way up. We came to the tunnels and the views were amazing. Across the river we could see the smoke from a fire which got worse and worse as the afternoon wore on. We saw lots of helicopters and some planes that dropped chemicals on the fire to put it out. We walked to the end of the tunnels and the path had a roof over it for a long time because of the danger of falling rocks. We turned around and went back down. We stopped in Mosier at the Route 30 Classics and Roadside Refreshments and had Mosier Cherry Ice Cream. Across the road was the Mosier Totem Pole. From Mosier, population 430, we drove up and up on Route 30 and stopped at the Memaloose Overlook. It was a great view of Memaloose Island and the smoke from the fire which was following us down the river headed east
We got back about 6:00. I called Erin because she had texted earlier that the road to Windy Ridge is closed and we need to talk about the weekend. When I called she didn’t pick up, so I left a message. We decided to go to supper at the Baldwin Saloon because we had a 10% off card from the Inn and because it is rated 3rd Best in The Dalles on Trip Advisor. Erin called back as we were walking. We sat on a bench outside the Baldwin and decided to do one hike at Mt. St. Helens, to Norway Pass, on Saturday. Then on Sunday we will do another hike at Mt. Ranier on the way back to Seattle.
We went in to Baldwin’s and had a great supper. Larry got Ninkasa Oatis Oatmeal Stout and I got a Loco-Rita. We had salads and homemade bread to start. Larry’s entrée was barbecued salmon with cauliflower and O’Brien Potatoes. My entrée was Parmesian Halibut with the same sides as Larry. Everything was very delicious. When we left Baldwin’s a train went by so we watched it. We headed back to the hotel where I blogged, we took showers and went to bed.