September 20, 2005 – Malia and Mom’s West Coast RV Adventure down the Oregon – California Coast Begins! Mom flew from Austin to Portland to begin our long-awaited Oregon-California Coast trek. It had always been a shared dream to hug the huge redwood trees and we were anxious to get started.
Mom at Vista House at Crown Point
But first, I had to share the beautiful Columbia River Gorge with her. It had been a favorite of mine when I stayed in Portland in 2002 and no way could I be near there and not visit again. I had been up and down here several times in the past and the waterfalls all along the way here were my favorite part. Here’s the page I did about my other visits to them.
The historic Columbia River Highway 30 was laid out in 1911-1912 to showcase the largest concentration of waterfalls in the world. First selecting the “beauty spots” along the road, the goal was to service motorists but also preserve the scenic vistas. Its designer, “treated each waterfall as a scenic feature to engage the tourist.”
Multnomah Falls is generally considered the crown jewel in the series, falling 620 feet from Larch Mountain. Here’s Mom grinning at its glory.
Mom was faced with the same dilemma as me when I first drove the gorge. How can you possibly say which waterfall was the best??? She looks pretty happy at Horsetail Falls as well.
Sept. 22, 2005 – Swan Island Dahlia Farm
This fortuitous little encounter with the Dahlias actually started since I couldn’t get my satellite to work through the trees where we stayed at Champoeg State Park and we headed to Wilsonville to find wi-fi.
We wound up lost in Canby instead, but couldn’t be sorry about it when we found out we were in the “Dahlia Capital of America!” Mom and I are both flower nuts as well as tree huggers, so we stopped for a walk around the grounds.
On the way home, we found a little farmer’s market where we bought the freshest corn, cabbage, green beans and cucumber we’ve ever had. We both laughed about how it was one of the luckiest cases of getting lost we’d ever experienced!
Next stop – Roseburg Mini RV Rally