We visited, played cards, went out to dinner, pored over family photos, hugged, joked, and generally had a ball just being together! On Saturday night Uncle Don treated us all to a cruise on the Columbia River through the Columbia Gorge. The problem was -- he came down with a cold and didn't feel well enough to go with us. Bummer!
We passed the famous Multnomah Falls on our way to the Sternwheeler, but only had time for a quick photo opp from the parking lot before needing to hit the highway to Cascade Locks.
Here's our route:
We went under the Bridge of the Gods, which joins Oregon (on the left below) with Washington (on the right):
It was a "see through" bridge ~
See the semi truck going over it ~ yikes ~ not appealing to my fear of heights and tall bridges!Native American Legends: Bridge of the Gods.
We also passed many of these crude docks, built by the local Native Americans for fishing per the Columbia River Inter-Tribal fishing rights.
Wind surfers and kite boarders also kept us entertained. It was really a lovely cruise and all too soon it was time to dock.
Portland Spirit along the Willamette River. And the good news was that Uncle Don was well enough to go along this time! The wait staff even entertained us with a song or two:
We left the city behind and motored past the hills, homes, and boats of the Willamette River, It's hard to see in this picture, but there is a row of houseboats in front of the condos below:
Portland is a city of bridges ~
And then the city came into view and we returned to the city shores ~
My daughters adopted two adorable kittens this weekend and have been texting me pictures of them! Brothers -- aren't they sweet?