Being the tourist in the Columbia River Gorge

I checked out for a couple of days.  Our son was visiting from California and we played the tourist, enjoying the cool breezes and warm sunshine in the Columbia River Gorge this past Memorial Weekend.

Mt Hood from the beer gardens of Elliott Glacier Brew Pub in Parkdale OregonHe arrived on Saturday afternoon and of course the first thing we like to do is walk over to the Elliot Glacier Brew Pub for a pint and to take in the awesome views of Mt Hood from their beer garden.

Then it was UFC 98 on the big screen at our Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast, the Old Parkdale Inn.

Sunday morning we had a wonderful breakfast of Flaxseed-Apple Battered French Toast with Raspberry compote.  I do love when our son visits as he is vegan and I can test new recipes for use when our vegan guests stay with us.  This recipe came from the Millennium Cookbook and it is certainly a keeper.

The Twin Tunnels of the Historic Columbia River HighwayThen off toward The Dalles to visit nonni.  But first a hike along the Historic Columbia River Highway, outside Mosier, and a stroll through the Twin Tunnels.  (I blogged about this last week)  The views of the Columbia River Gorge are quite amazing, especially this time of year when the hills are quite green and painted with wildflowers.  We even had a great vantage point, looking down into the nest of an Osprey Falcon.  What a room with a view they have!

A room with a Columbia River View for these Osprey FalconsAfter visiting Nonni (that's grandma in our Italian family) we crossed the Columbia River and took a little side trip to Horsethief Lake to see the Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs that were saved from the rising waters behind The Dalles Dam.

We drove back to Hood River via Highway 14 which is on the Washington side of the Columbia, crossing back over on the Steel Bridge just west of Bingen, Washington.  Another great view of Hood River with Mt. Hood rising up in the background.  Our next stop was Full Sail Brewery for a pint and a couple souvenir pint glasses, and of course a sampling of the new LTD 03.  Full Sail is an employer owned brewery celebrating their 21st in Hood River.
Laurance Lake in the Mt Hood National Forest just minutes from the Old Parkdale Inn
Monday morning we took the kids for a ride to share our playground, Laurance Lake and the Mt Hood National Forest, just minutes from the Old Parkdale Inn.  The views of Mt Hood from this man made last are spectacular and we sat for a few and watched the fisherman fly fish from both boats, no motors, and the shore.  No live bait or hooks allowed.  A very serene setting.

Our son left us for a few hours to tour the Fruit Loop, visiting a few wineries, the Apple Valley Store for some of their wonderful jams and jellies and then to the new Waterfront Park in Hood River to watch the windsurfers and kite boarders on the Columbia River.  We met up with them for a stroll through the downtown, a stop at Gorge Dog for Tilly treats and then dinner at 3 Rivers Grill.

Riding the world famous winds of the Columbia River Gorge

They are packing up now and I will spend the day getting the Old Parkdale Inn cleaned up and ready for our next round of guests.  Hope to see you soon so we can share our favorite spots in the Columbia River Gorge with you.

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