Friday we got on the road early after our uncomfortable night. We ate breakfast at a cute little coffee shop in Clarkston, Washington right across the river from Lewiston, Idaho. Then we drove to Walla Walla, Washington to find the house where my grandma was born 101 years ago. We found the address but we aren’t sure if it’s the same house or not. Still pretty neat! We played on yet another playground before continuing on. Our next stop was at a little sub place for lunch in Hermiston. Then we made it to the Columbia River, the last stretch to the ocean! The road followed the river across Oregon and it was a beautiful view. It was interesting to watch the landscape change from dry grasslands to lush rainforest as we got closer to Portland. We could imagine how Lewis and Clark must have been happy to find more food to eat then they had in the mountains and happy that they were finally headed downstream. We stopped in The Dalles, where a nice Shell Gas attendant pumped the gas for us, cleaned our windshield, and made small talk. Then we went to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to look around. They had exhibits on Lewis and Clark (of course!), prehistoric animals, and the history of the local area.
We drove a little farther to Multnomah Falls. It is one of 6 waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge. We saw one of the smaller ones first, but it did not prepare us for this. It was breathtaking! We took lots of pictures and then walked 1/4 mile up the hillside to a bridge that goes out over part of it. To top it off, it was a beautiful day–70s and sunny! We were relieved to check into our hotel for the night. Back to civilization!