Cascade Locks, Oregon – The Columbia River and Old Scenic Highway

After big hugs and long goodbyes, we left Medford and headed up the state to Cascade Locks, Oregon and the beautiful Columbia River.  The drive went well until we reached Portland, which like any metropolitan city has bad traffic after 3:00 p.m.  It was worth it once we checked into the hotel and were gifted these views from our balcony.

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The following morning we were up and out of there by 9:00 a.m., ready to tour the Columbia River Old Scenic Highway (30) and view some magnificent waterfalls.  True to Oregon’s weather, it poured rain as we stopped for every senior-friendly accessible waterfall, including the infamous Multnomah Falls.

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After coming down from the bridge at Multnomah Falls, the hub and I moved on exploring the pull outs and points of interest along the highway.  The old bridges, reminiscent of the 20s art deco era, were covered in moss and dampness, but still holding up strong.

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It’s our last morning at Cascade Locks. Before packing, I took advantage of the somewhat drier weather and headed out for a hike. I had read that the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) passed through the Bridge of the Gods and was hoping to find it. One of the items on my “bucket list” is to hike at least a portion of the PCT.  I’d love to follow the trail from Campo to Canada one day, if my body holds out.

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I started out on the historic state trail towards Eagle Creek, passing morning joggers with bright orange tags on their shirts.  After 1.2 miles of walking the paved state trail, I came upon the PCT Gorge Trail, thanks to a detouring jogger.  With a big grin on my face, I headed up the dirt trail, giddy with excitement to have my feet on the PCT. I kept going up and did not want to return, but it was 10 a.m. and hotel check out was at 11:00, so I headed back, vowing to return.

We’re moving on to Sandy, Oregon to visit the hubs brother and family.  The two brothers haven’t seen in each other in 15 years, so our days in Sandy will be spent catching up with family.  After that, we’re off to the coast with a stop at Tillamook and a stay in Yachats, Oregon. Happy trails!

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