On our last few days in Portland we still had several items on our to do list and we thought the best way to get things done was to spend one day driving along the old Columbia River Highway and then the next day we would take the Portland mass transit into the City Center.
The drive from our RV park to the exit just past Multnomah Falls and back meant we would be driving a little more than a 50 mile loop. We drove up Interstate 84 and then back along the Old Columbia River Highway. This drive turned out to be even better than we had hoped as there are several pull outs where you can take short hikes of a mile or less to see the various waterfalls.
Some of the places we stopped to see were Horsetail Falls, Oneonta Gorge, Wahkeena Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and lastly the Vista House. Each of these stops gave us a slice of the scenic Columbia River Valley and all its splendor. None of these falls are as grand as Mulnomah Falls but each had their own charm and beauty. And to finished the day we stopped once again at the McMenamin’s Edgefield Poor Farm for the special wheat beer of the day.
Our last day in Portland we took the number 12 bus into the City Center. A normal 20-25 minute drive was a bit over an hour by bus but as retirees we have nothing but time so the extra thirty minutes were worth it to not have to look for parking and deal with the inner city traffic. The main reason we headed into town was to visit Portland State and to walk around the campus. It is a quiet inner city campus that greens up the downtown area.
We caught the tram back north and got off near Voodoo doughnuts so that we could finally try it out. Fancy doughnuts and always crowded but really nothing special other than the quirky ambiance and the unique names and shapes of some of their doughnuts. After having a pretty good (huge) apple fritter we caught the number 8 bus over to Alberta Street as we thought it looked like a fun street to check out. Lots of restaurants and pubs on this block made us believe it is probably a hot spot after dark.
We walked down several blocks and headed north to go to the Concordia Ale House to meet our friends Bret and CeCe and a new friend we made here in Portland, Julie. After sharing some parting stories and beverages it became time to say our goodbyes and catch the next bus back to Fairfield RV Park. We really enjoyed the bus and tram rides to city center!
The next morning we packed everything up and headed towards Portland on Interstate 84 till we merged on Interstate 5 south toward Eugene. The drive was 110 miles down to Riverbend RV Resort where we will stay for the next several days so we can visit Corvallis and Oregon State University as well as catch up with our friends Pam and Vic. Hoping to find a park near Eugene so that from here where we can visit the University of Oregon.