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Trip Report Portland to Yosemite Trip Report

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Thanks you everyone who helped plan our trip. We had a fabulous time.
Coming from the Toronto Area we flew into Portland from Buffalo on Southwest. First time flying Southwest but it won't be the last.

After picking up rental it was time to check in to The Inn At Northrup Station. We had a king Suite, with a small balcony. I would stay here again. It was clean and comfortable.
We were starving so we walked over to Chez Nell(?) for happy hour. I normally only drink red wine but I had a limoncello champagne cocktail. Delicious, as was the food. Ontario doesn't allow happy hours so this was a treat.
We then went for a long walk. We walked along the river and through different neighbourhoods. We passed Voo Doo doughnuts . I tried to get my husband to eat one so I could enjoy vicariously ( I'm gluten free) but he wasn't interested.
Made a stop in Powell's Bookstore. I could have spent a day there, and a lot of money. Tore myself free reluctantly .
We walked for a few hours, and the plan was to have dinner, but I think we just got too tired. So back to the hotel room and to bed.

The next day we toured the Columbia River Gorge. It was. A Saturday and very busy. The crowds kind of took me by surprise. I was prepared for big crowds in Yosemite, but not here.
First stop Vista House. After that we stopped at every waterfall. We did several long uphill hikes, and as always the further you get along the less the crowds. There were some parents pushing questionable strollers up steep slopes though. I thought it was dangerous to go down. I once fell on a hill in my neighbourhood pushing a stroller and it still haunts me.

We decided to hit Hood River for a very late lunch. We stopped at the river to watch the kite surfers. It was a very windy day and all the activity was beautiful. Thats when I noticed the lone paddle boarder heading out into the waves it looked like so much fun. All the othe paddle boarders were goofing around in the flat water behind the sand spit.
I had to get out on that water. We went to the rental shop. They were a bit reluctant to let me head out into the waves until I explained I grew up on Lake Erie.
So off I headed, while my husband cheered me on from shore. The waves were not a concern,but the wind was fierce. It took so much effort to get to the buoy line, but what a thrill ride coming back in. There was a more sheltered approach but I didn't want to get too close to any rocks. After doing this 4 times with a few spills I was exhausted, but so glad I did it.

We then continued on to Timberline Lodge., and had a light dinner at the pub. It's a pretty spot, and there was still some snow pack on the mountain.
Back to Portland late. I think we were gone for about 12 hours total.

Up next Oregon Coast...

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