Roll On, Columbia or Into the Gorge

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Another fabulous day and a half!

Departure from Kingston yesterday about 11 a.m. and shooting down I-5 had us arriving at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon around 3:30 p.m.  We checked into our king suites* (H and J in the Doris Baker room, M and V in the Crown Point room, which is a ground floor corner room with oodles of natural light) in plenty of time to wander the grounds before settling in at the Winery for refreshment.

Michael and I hadn’t been to Edgefield since we were last here with Heather . . . 2011.  I’d forgotten just how quirky and wonderful the place is.  It’s a delight to just wander the grounds enjoying the gardens and the halls enjoying the artwork. The details are fascinating and the overall vision it took to bring this place to life is unbelievable.

I don’t know how many little bars, grills, etc., are tucked into the various out buildings and into the nooks and crannies of the manor but it is significant. Money spending opportunities abound and money is being spent in all of them. There is something very pleasant about seeing people (young people, people with young families, old people) enjoying themselves in all the different venues.  I like it here.

Tonight Ziggy Marley and Michael Franti are in concert on the lawn and major preparations are underway.  Heard a sound check a bit ago and we will be able to enjoy (if that proves to be the correct word) the music without paying the price of admission. I thought we would be able to get high from the weed smoke wafting over the grounds but have been told that no dope smoking is allowed. Oh, well, one out of two isn’t bad.

Had a delicious dinner at the Black Rabbit Restaurant last night and anticipate the same result tonight.

This morning we drove up the gorge to Multnomah Falls to admire the cascades and then hooked onto US 30, the Historic Columbia River Highway, and headed back west to Crown Point. Along the way, we arbitrarily stopped at Latourell Falls, which turned out to be a brilliant stroke of luck.  Not only are these falls much less crowded than Multnomah Falls, they are situated on a gorgeous basalt formation.  It might not be of the size of the Giants’ Causeway in Northern Ireland but it is beautiful.

Our day began with some high clouds but by the time we got to Crown Point and Vista House, we had blue skies and sunshine. What a way to admire the views from that promontory.

Finally, back to Edgefield for a shared lunch and a historical tour of the manor.  The four of us will rendezvous at 6:30 in the Winery for preprandial sipping.

As I said at the beginning, a most excellent day and a half.

*There comes a point in one’s life when one doesn’t want to have to wander the halls in search of a toilet when one has to wee at 2 a.m. No extra cost is too much to pay for the convenience of en suite accommodations.

 

 

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