Summer in Oregon.. we only have a few warm sunny months so we try to cram as much fun in before it's all over and the cold and rain begins. Today our son and his wife had a birthday party BBQ for Gabriel at noon. Shawn tried something new and wrapped the hotdogs with bacon and BBQed them.. and they were delish!! Gabe asked for a banana cake with whipped cream frosting and it was great!They had a slip and slide up in the back yard for the kids to play on. Gift time!
The other kids were fascinated with the presents.. Gabe loved them all.
We headed home long enough for a rest up and to pack up our picnic basket to take to the Friends of Multnomah Falls Annual Volunteer Picnic at Guy W. Talbot State Park in the little town of Latourell below the Falls of the same name. It's a potluck and the dishes began to fill the banquet table. Ours was Orange Baked Beans in the turquoise Le Creuset French oven. They were a big hit.
One of our volunteers was in charge of decorations and several people brought flowers for the tables... the sun was lighting these up so I snapped this shot.
One of the ladies who came and brought her 2 grandchildren had these wonderful vintage plates with cowboy designs on enameled tin - aren't they wonderful? They're from the 50s.
One of our volunteers has done the cooking for years. He BBQed hamburgers, hotdogs and bratwurst.
Such a nice group of people that volunteer with us.
One of the guys always brings these same two cakes from the French Baker, "Petite Provence". Oh my.. the chocolate one had ganache over the top of cake and lots of creamy filling.. mmmm...Almost 40 people attended!
When the event was over, we headed home. This is the Latourell house - the people that the community and the waterfall are named after.. it makes me sad to see this historic home rotting away. The family still owns it but no one cared enough to save the house. :-(
We left the little town and crossed Latourell creek flowing down through the woodland from the falls above.
We wound our way up the historic highway and arrived at Vista House - it was 7:15 and the sun was slanting across the landscape - the farmland you see behind the structure is actually across the Columbia River Gorge - it's Washington State!
We then headed West and pulled out at Portland Women's Forum to get this shot -- I never tire of seeing this..
Hubby hopped out of the car and climbed up a fence to get this shot of the Vista House and the gorge with wild sweet pea in front.
So now we're home and exhausted from the day and are watching Masterpiece Mystery! - Inspector Lewis - and getting our English fix. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)