Day 2 of our trip into Oregon we had to wake up early as we were scheduled to go river rafting trip down the Deschutes River. The half day trip was with the River Drifters out of Maupin, Oregon. This was my first ever river rafting trip and, as you can imagine, I was very excited. I didn’t bring my camera as I don’t have a waterproof one. The photo was taken by one of their photographers who set up alongside the river to catch us as we go by. The weather was perfect and although the water was cold (for a Floridian/Alabamian) it wasn’t too bad as the air temperature was in the 80s. I was quite comfortable. We all enjoyed our trip – I had a blast. They are very kid friendly and allowed the young ones to “ride the bull” by sitting on the bow as we rode through the rapids. Our guide, Jada, was quite knowledgeable.
We returned to Bingen and relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Day 3 we packed our gear and headed to our next stop. Sisters, Oregon. On the way, we stopped at a U-Pick cherry farm. I was like a kid in a candy shop. I love cherries and I loved picking my own. Here are some photos of that.
On our way to our vacation home rental in Sisters, we stopped along the way. Trillium Lake in the Mount Hood National Forest and Smith Rock State Park.
The vacation home that my daughter and son in law chose for us to stay it was out of this world amazing. Sisters, Oregon is such a beautiful area.
After leaving Portland we headed east on I-84 following the Columbia River Gorge. We were going to stop at Multnomah Falls but there were signs that the park was at full capacity. It was the 4th of July weekend. Our next stop was at the Bridge of the Gods. You get to walk across this fairly narrow bridge (you share the road with vehicles going in opposite directions) crossing from Oregon into Washington. You have to walk single file across the bridge facing traffic and then return doing the same thing. The bridge is very high (141 feet approximately above the river). There was a constant wind blowing through the gorge. If you’re afraid of heights it can be a bit jarring looking through the grates or over the edge as you walk across. The bridge is also a part of the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail). We met a couple who were walking the trail on their way through to the Canadian border.
Next stop was Viento State Park to stretch our legs. We saw lots of windsurfers fighting the wind coming through the Gorge.
We continued on to Hood River, which is a very vibrant, modern, touristy town. We walked around for a bit and then headed across the Hood River Bridge, back into Washington State to our next stop. We were scheduled to spend a couple of nights at The Society Hotel in Bingen, Washington.
The Society Hotel had only been open for a few weeks before we arrived. It is a newly converted schoolhouse with a brand new spa. It’s off the beaten path and a nice change from the overcrowded, commercial Hood River. Very relaxing and comfortable. This would be the first of several beautiful places Kim and Aaron chose for us to stay that were outstanding.
Tomorrow we would need to wake up early and travel back over into Oregon to Maupin to go white river rafting on the Deschute River. It would be a long but adventurous day.