It's only taken 3 months to do it, but finally my last post of our May / June travels in Banff BC and Oregon.
On our last morning in Cascade Locks, I was able to hike a short distance along the Pacific Crest Trail, that several of my blogging friends have hiked from end to end. I so admire their hiking and the fact that they take time to share the journey through their blogs and photography.
We packed for the final time and travelled back towards Portland. Thankfully we had near a full day before our flight, so there was time to enjoy one or two more waterfalls.
An old tunnel on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Columbia River taken from Vista House.
At 733 ft above the Columbia, Vista House was completed in 1918, as a rest stop observatory for travellers and as a memorial honouring Oregon's pioneers.
Such friendly volunteers.
Our journey then took us to Larch Mountain, through amazing forest and fog.
The steps to the 360 degree viewpoint, but today hidden by the swirling fog.
Yes, I know there are at least 6 volcanic peaks hiding from me!
The beauty of the rhododendrons, foxgloves and numerous other wildflowers that we spotted on the drive, more than made up for the lack of view.
Roses in a park in Troutdale, where we had a delicious Italian lunch.
I love the name Troutdale and it totally suited this pretty town.
Our final view of this mighty river, as we neared the airport.
The weather matched my feelings as this wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, fabulous, sensational ............ [ I don't know which word describes it best] holiday came to an end. I am so grateful for the time with Kim and Stuart, along with seeing the beauty of nature in spring, in this awesome part of the world.
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