Finally! Here are the last pictures from my trip to Oregon in August. After spending a few days relaxing in Corvallis, my cousin and I drove up to the Columbia River Gorge to the Historic Highway 30 for some camping and hiking. I wasn't really sure what to expect from the Gorge (I hadn't really looked at any pictures except for the waterfalls) but it completely blew my mind and I think stands as one of the most amazing places I've seen in my life so far. Our first stop was at Crown Point, which is an overlook at the beginning of Highway 30. The steep mountains on either side of the Gorge were stunning, and I couldn't get over how big the river was! In my mind, I envisioned it looking like a smaller canyon-type situation.
The best part about being at the Columbia River Gorge and driving East along Highway 30 is that it wasn't too crowded. We drove along beautiful winding roads at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently to hike to waterfalls and admire the absolutely amazing views of the Gorge. Everyone else we came across same to be doing the same thing, so we never felt rushed - a nice change of pace from sightseeing in New York. We stopped at four different big waterfalls including Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil falls, Multnomah Falls, and Horsetail Falls. One of my favorites was Bridal Veil Falls, a double waterfall that was about a 15 minute hike from the road. Multnomah Falls was the most crowded by far (we could hardly find a parking spot!) but it was seriously worth the hassle because it was so beautiful at over 600 feet, two drops, and the little bridge in the middle. My cousin mentioned that the falls were a lot more sparse than usual, since it had been such a dry summer. Another one of my favorite parts was walking through the Oneonta Gorge, a lush canyon full of rocks and mossy trees. If we had more time, I would have loved to hike all the way through to the falls at the end, but we were camping that night and wanted to set up the tent before it was too dark. We ended Highway 30 in Hood River, a cute little river town, before heading over to our campsite where we had a picnic for dinner and went to bed.
The next morning we drove back to Portland, since I was flying out that night. It was a good opportunity to explore the city a bit more, since we had only spent a few hours there on my first night. Per usual, it was essentially an eating parade. We started off with breakfast at Sweedeedee - so delicious. I had an egg with greens on brioche, which some delicious berry compote and a massive blueberry pastry. After exploring downtown for a bit and going to a farmer's market, we went to Salt & Straw. As an ice cream addict, this was a dream come true (I've been reading about Salt & Straw on various blogs forever) and I had a hard time debating which flavors to get, but ultimately decided on a combination of Sea Salt Caramel and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle. Yum. Afterwards, we explored Division Street and found a cool area with a bunch of food trucks, vendors, and picnic tables. There was all kinds of food to choose from - waffle sandwiches, Indian food, Thai Food - but I settled on a bowl of hot ramen, which didn't disappoint.
Wow! Looking back at this blog post and the two others, I can't believe how much my cousins and I did and saw in one week. I absolutely loved Oregon and can't recommend it enough to anyone who wants to go. This website is really useful. There's so much more that I'd love to see in Oregon including the rest of the coast, Crater Lake, Smith Rock, and more of the Southeast area of the state, but I think I've done a good job for now. I can't wait to go back!