Oregon Road Trip Day 7: Hood River

Day 7.

The hotel was comfy, but LOUD!  You could watch, hear and nearly feel aircraft on the taxiway from the window.  Other than that, it was a soft bed, a clean room, the hot shower and a free breakfast too.  Cool.

Our first order of business this morning was meeting up for coffee in Lake Oswego.  Afterward we hit the New Seasons Market nearby.  This is a regional market, competing well with the Whole Foods big box approach.  The store was nice, well laid out, had a good selection of everything we look for and the prices were inline with expectations.  They had a cool magazine about Paleo lifestyle.  Nice!

We drove up the gorge, checked out Multnomah Falls and had lunch there.  We saw an Osprey and another bald eagle.  Cool!  We ended up in Hood River at the Post Office to get some stamps for post cards.  It was such a beautiful, warm, sunny afternoon!

The town of Hood River is vibrant, and artsy catering to wind-surfer/kite-surfers and the trendy who come out from Portland.  It is a vacation town.  We walked Cascade Avenue, looked in the shops and had a nice respite from the trip.  As we walked back to the car we passed an old bank building title “Gallery 301” and announcing Wine and Tapas. . .Hmmm.  I pulled Crystal by the arm like a seven year old, into the bank. . .

It was just what we needed.  A little time out of the sun, a nice glass of wine or  two, good discussion and a plate of tapas.  We had una plato de Chorizo which included some Mama Lil’s Peppers!  Stephanie behind the bar suggested we hit up the Thirsty Woman in Mosier for dinner.  It was “Beer and a Burger Night.”

Before dinner, we had time to hit the Gorge Grown Farmers Market in Hood River and check in at the campground.  Tonight it is Memaloose State Park.  It was small but well organized, having a nice selection of fresh produce, flowers and meats.  Crystal got a T-Shirt from them.

Gallery 301 Wine and Tapas Bar.

The Gorge Grown Farmer’s Market.

My lovely and delightful wife at the Thirsty Woman for dinner, wearing her Cultured Caveman T-Shirt.

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