Today I led a bus tour for the Portland Women's Forum, and it was my last official duty as president, which I've served for 3 terms. We were supposed to have a BBQ at Rooster Rock State Park put on by the State Park staff there, but it was rained out so I had to make new lunch plans fast. This is the cake they ordered to have for our dessert - they showed us the cake on the bus as we headed to Bonneville Dam and we picked up cake pieces at the end of our trip in individual boxes. The State Parks is thankful to our group for saving the land many years ago and then donating the viewpoint to State Parks and we also raise money to do different projects here to improve the park.Here is Kevin Price, District Manager and Mark Stevenson, Park Manager showing the busload of people the cake. :-) Kevin also greeted with group and talked to us for a while and thanked us for all we do for State Parks. :-)
We then headed on to Bonneville Dam where we were greeted by Pat Barry, Supervisory Park Ranger, Natural Resource Specialist, Bonneville Lock and Dam Visitor Center. We had a great program by him in the theater, and learned lots of new things about the dam. We then went down to the bottom floor and visited the fish viewing area where you can see the salmon going up the fish ladder to continue upstream to spawn.
Here is a salmon going by. Wouldn't you like to have him for dinner? :-)
Then we loaded up and headed to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort for lunch. I was very pleased that they could take us on such short notice. I thought to take a photo of the salad, but again, forgot to take a photo of the prime rib beef stroganoff before I scarfed it down. :-)
They took us to see the pool.. remember, this is a different group and most had not seen the pool like I had. :-) The mineral waters here are very healing and I plan to go spend a day in the pools soon.There is a center courtyard that has a creek running through it and is planted beautifully.
See the wall at the other side of the courtyard? It's a water feature and water trickles down both sides of this and sounds beautiful.
Here is our group photo. Unfortunately all three of my photos came out fuzzy, this is the least fuzzy. After this shot I handed the gavel over to the incoming president.
Here is the website for the group - Portland Women's Forum. And then home. I... am... dead... tired. We had to get up so early, 2 hours before our normal waking time, then we were hiking all over, then I did the "interpretive" talking on the bus going and coming. I'm plum tuckered out. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Wish me energy for swimming tomorrow. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)