On Friday afternoon Dayle and I headed out up the Columbia River Gorge on a beautiful sunny day to celebrate our 46 years together over dinner at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. We were delighted to see many flowering trees in full bloom as we arrived. We actually met when I was 14 and he was 16 and started "going steady". 52 years!
A short history of the hotel - click HERE. This is the front of the hotel.. I love the cupola.
This is the beautiful solarium in the restaurant that has the most desired tables, there is a wonderful view of the river from here.
Dayle handed me a sweet card while we waited for dinner to be served.
A waitress snapped a photo of us at our table. :-)
Dayle snapped this of a Forsythia is full bloom in the garden.
I enjoyed seeing a nice sailboat slowly making way upstream. That is Washington State across the river. It was 6 pm and the sun was low.
The sun was giving the trees and hills a rosy glow.
How I'd love to be sailing on this boat!
Our meals arrived, I had the Chicken Chardonnay and it was divine.
We were surprised with a dessert to share for our anniversary.
I headed out to get some photos of the grounds before the sun was too low - this is the beautiful lobby. Valentino's bar is to the right.
Behind the hotel is Wah Gwin Gwin Falls.. it's amazing.
A hotel was built next to the old hotel and it was designed in similar colors and shape.
You are at the top of the falls and can look down as it cascades 208 feet down and passes under the railroad tracks and into the Columbia River.
You should hear the rushing water!
Whoosh.. down it goes!
The hotel perches right above the falls.. this is the back. The multi-paned windows were where we dined.
I walked over a white painted wooden bridge that spans the creek.
Walking alongside the creek a plum tree is in bloom.
A look back at the bridge I just crossed over.
And then looking ahead along the path.. there is my dear husband going to bring the car around for me. :-)
The light is waning.. but oh the beautiful cherry and plum trees full of fluffy blooms!
I heard a "quack quack quack" and a little family of ducks were under the bridge.
And a large pink Magnolia was in perfect full bloom!
Now this tree is on my "Want List".
Now I best pack my swim bag as I have a lunch date with my 3 siblings and spouses and then off to swim with Gracie! I hope your day will be wonderful. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)