What a busy weekend it was! I attended the Oregon DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) State Conference on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday I drove back to Portland and picked up two of my DAR friends, Peggy & Susan, (who'd flown in for the conference, one from Chicago and one all the way from Rome, Italy!) and took them on a tour of the Columbia River Gorge. Below is a photo of my sister Roberta and I from the conference. :-) I was honored to lead the National Anthem at the start of the Dinner on Friday, then on Saturday evening our State Chorus sang a special song that we'd rehearsed for months - "A Loving Heart".
A photo of me, my friend Susan from Italy, our newly elected chapter Regent, Carol and her Mom Barbara.
More Portland Chapter members, my sister in the middle.
Here is the head table with all the state officers, state regent AND our President General from Washington DC. At the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening, our PG gave a presentation about the restoration work she did during her 3 year tenure on the Lay Lights, which are leaded glass panels in the ceiling of the DAR Library. It was amazing how much work went into that restoration. I highly recommend you view the video about this project HERE. The DAR building in Washington DC is 2 blocks from the White House. Encompassing an entire city block, DAR Headquarters is one of the world’s largest buildings of its kind owned and maintained exclusively by women... and I'm one of them. :-)
This is a group photo of Portland Chapter with our State Regent middle right and President General, middle left.
On Sunday I picked up my 2 friends at the hotel and we headed out for a day of fun together. First stop was the Factory Stores at Troutdale, Susan needed some thing at the Hanes store, then we visited the Coach store, I was hoping that I'd see the purse of my dreams, but alas, I did not.
We then headed around the corner to have lunch in Pompello Ristorante. I informed the owner that I brought in a friend from Rome, Italy, and he was very excited and cleared a table by the window for us. Susan had a chicken Parmesan sandwich and said it was as good as any in Italy. :-) Then we drove up the Sandy River Gorge, pulled in to the farm for the girls to see, and meet Dayle and Buddy, then on to Portland Women's Forum to see what they thought of "my" Columbia River Gorge. :-)
The wild roses were in bloom.. isn't this an amazing pink?
Peggy, me and Susan.
Next stop, Latourell Falls.Then Wahkeena Falls.. I love the Maidenhair Ferns with black stems and moss against the rushing water.
Wahkeena is a beautiful waterfall that is spring-fed, it cascades down from the top of the bluff.
Then on to the big daddy of the falls, Multnomah. There were wild iris and wild strawberry blooming in the planter in front of the lodge.
The girls were suitably impressed with my waterfall.
Then on past Oneonta Gorge, Horsetail Falls and on up the gorge to Cascade Locks where we viewed the big river and they loved the Sternwheeler that was there.
Then we zoomed along the freeway and I dropped them off at their hotel, gave them each a hug and headed home. :-) Now to prepare the agenda and write my president's report for the Friends of Multnomah Falls Board meeting this evening. Maybe tomorrow I can veg out? :-) Have a great week!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)