Oregon Trip

After a brief diversion at Long Beach we crossed the Columbia to start our adventures in Oregon. We drove east along the Columbia River to the town of Hood River and settled for the night. The next day we biked along the Columbia River State Park Trail, which offered great views of the Columbia River Gorge. Along the way we passed through the Mosier tunnels that have long since been closed to cars, but were perfect for bikes.

After our bike ride we packed up and headed back west along the Columbia to Willamette Valley. Along the way we passed several spectacular waterfalls including Multnomah Falls, the second highest in the US. We eventually made it to Willamette Valley and our B&B, Youngberg Hill Winery. Perched on a hill, the B&B overlooked its small vineyard and the outlying valley. We were the only guests, which added up for wonderful stay. The next day we explored a few of the many Willamette Valley vineyards. Though not as extensive as Napa Valley, we got more than our fill of the excellent Pinot wines popular in the area.

Biking the Columbia River State Park Trail

Columbia River Gorge

Eighteen Mile Island

Mosier Twin Tunnels

Horsetail Falls

Multnomah Falls (2nd highest in US)

Bridal Veil Creek

I-84 and the Columbia River Gorge

Youngberg Hill Winery and Inn

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November 9-10, 2003