Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bus Tour - Columbia River Gorge

I led a tour of the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA today.  I'm the President of the Portland Women's Forum and our mission is to be stewards of the gorge so each May we go on a tour of our beloved scenic area.  We began the tour at 9 am, our first stop was the Hood River County Historical Museum where we learned a lot about that city - they're famous for Apple, Pear & Cherry orchards.
Then on to the Columbia Gorge Hotel, photo below.  (from my iPhone!)
The above photograph shows the front of this magnificent hotel built in the 20s. The hotel had barely opened before it had an international reputation. Presidents Roosevelt and Coolidge, actresses Myrna Loy, Jane Powell, and rumor has it, Rudolph Valentino are some of the notables to have graced the hotel.
 All 41 of us had lunch in the dining room of roast turkey, sage dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn and a poached apricot half filled with cranberry sauce. 

The lovely hotel staff showed us 2 of the guest rooms then took us out for a lovely walk around the grounds.  This is a photo of the back of the hotel, you can see peeks of the Columbia River through the trees and Washington State across the river.
The photo above shows the magnificent cascade of Wah Gwin Gwin Falls (a Native American name meaning "rushing water" for the 208' waterfall on the grounds).
Above you can see the fabulous waterfall as you're looking over the rock wall, see the railroad tracks at the bottom?
Can you just hear the roar of the waterfall?
Looking out where the water falls off over the tops of the trees and the Columbia River beyond and the shores of Washington State.
The grounds are beautiful!
My husband took this photo of my younger sister, Denise and I on the bridge over the stream which is heading towards the waterfall.
Another bridge over the creek at the entrance of the hotel.
Here are the ladies of the Portland Women's Forum for their annual group photo.

The photo above might look un-exciting, but it's Wind Mountain, in the valley to it's right was Camp Wind Mountain, a Girl Scout Camp and I went there for 2 summers in a row for a week of camping.  I climbed Wind Mt. the first year, and then the 2nd year I climbed the mountain below, which is on the right of the valley between the mountains, it's called Dog Mountain.  So there you go, I actually climbed 2 mountains to the very top in my life.  Never climbed another one though! :-)

Sorry about the poor photos of the mountains, but they were taken using my iPhone through tinted bus windows that were badly marked with road grime.

We had a great day and learned new things.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.. thanks for visiting!  ((Hugs)) Teresa


  1. Teresa- You took some beautiful pictures. I'm just up north a bit from you, I love the Columbia Gorge area and with summer approaching it will only get nicer. I'd love to stay at that hotel some day, it looks so historical and pretty tucked into the hillside.

  2. Hi Teresa! :) I think it's beautiful..nothing at all "un-exciting"..and to think you climbed it..oh my! Great pictures! You certainly surround yourself with it mountains..waterfalls..or thos adorable grandbabys of yours! Hope you have a great mothers day!XX

  3. Teresa, you truly live in a beautiful area. It is historic and gorgeous! So happy you had a good day and nice weather. Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! xoRobin❤

  4. Teresa, I think we have to have crochet camp at your house, we can rent a bus and you can take us to all of these beautiful places.
    Happy Friday,

  5. I love all your pictures as usual... you're a great tourist guide and take us to great places that we'd never see otherwise! it amazes me the pretty places you have around and all the water, river, waterfalls, creeks... it's lovely and good looking!
    I'm sure you had a great time with your friends!

  6. I love that hotel Teresa, looks a fab place to stay. Your photos of the waterfall are awesome!Have a great weekend,I understand it's your Mother's day (ours was 3 April this year), have a happy day.
    Jane x

  7. What awesome pictures! Wow. Such a beautiful place. I just "discovered" your blog and I love it!

    Blessings always

  8. Beautiful photos Teresa and you certainly live in a beautiful part of the world. That lunch sounded yummy. Love Anne x

  9. Hi Teresa, I love seeing your photos of the beautiful area you live in. Amazing waterfall! Joanna xx

  10. Hi Teresa, thank you for your comments on my post. I love them all. My C.cactus is only 3 years old and believe it or not, I got it at Home Depot. (home depot is a home improvement store, from lumber to plants to plumbing etc.) Don't know if you have them on the west coast. Well, Happy Day to you and MD. xoRobin❤

  11. How did I miss this post?!? Absolutely beautiful! Just another place to add to my bucket list:)


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