Hi there everyone!
I am finally getting around to sorting through all my photos from this summer and figuring out what to show you (in full) and what to leave for a photo diary. For now we are going to start with one of my favorite road/day trips from over the summer.
For the July 4th weekend, Alex had some time off and we decided to go out and do something together outdoors. Since we were not able to do much hiking due to many national/state parks being closed, the next best thing was a day trip and exploring Oregon past the infamous, Multnomah Falls.
We ended up driving all the way to Cascade Locks, which is an hour (or more, depending on traffic) outside of Portland to the east. It’s super easy to get there as you take I-84 the entire way there. You are essentially driving parallel to the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge and seeing all the beautiful sights and mountains on the way there. Oregon is breathtakingly beautiful, I am so glad I live here.
Anyway, we arrived at our first stop: Bridge of the Gods. We did not expect there to be so many cars waiting to cross, so my vision of taking a picture of our car sitting in the middle of the bridge did not happen. It was also pretty hard taking a picture of this bridge from either side because the trees obstruct the view from both sides.
Pictured from the Washington side.
Bridge of the Gods is a toll bridge that crosses the Columbia River to Washington. It is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, unless noted for maintenance, construction, or temporary closures. The bridge is open to pedestrian and bicycles as well, so vehicles need to be alert and yield to them.
Pictured from the Oregon side.
Shortly after taking a few photos and taking in the sights, we crossed back to Oregon to head to a park where Ciel could run around for a while, safely. We ended up stopping at Cascade Locks Marine Park, where a few cars had also stopped to sight-see or to fish.
It was really neat and some people told us they sometimes catch really big fish. It was super cute seeing Ciel with his little kids’ fishing rod. He looked adorable throwing the line and reeling it back in.
I wish I had more photos from this day, but it was the first time in months since we had been out and about like this, I really just wanted to take it all in. We had a picnic there and walked around some more and Ciel fed the geese the remainder of his lunch (sandwich crusts).
I am hoping to go back another time to get better photos of the bridge and hopefully with my car on* the bridge. Sounds insane, I know, but I have seen some great car photography there. After we had enough of being there, we headed to Eastwind Drive-In, a little restaurant in between the bridge and the marine park who is infamous for their one-foot tall ice cream. Yes, you read that correctly!
Pictured is actually their smallest and even I admit I had a hard time finishing it before it started to melt. And believe it or not, they have a medium and large. The large cone is said to measure a bit more than one foot from top to bottom. How crazy is that?
Cascade Locks Marine Park
We ended up stopping to finish our ice cream cones before heading home. All in all, a very nice day well spent on the road and sight-seeing. The views are really breathtaking when you just stop and take it all in. I think we all need a little bit of that this year.
Anyway, this was meant to be a short post, I hope you guys have been well.
I miss you all and see you on my next post! ❤
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