|A barge passes under the bridge and moves east on the river|
I'd worn a jacket to breakfast but quickly shed it in the warm sun. I returned to my room to drop it off before taking the shoreline path to downtown to mail some postcards and check out the downtown area.
|A gaggle of geese with dozens of babies|
|My walk route into downtown Hood River|
Some of the sights along the path:
|Suspension pedestrian bridge along the path|
|History Museum of Hood River County|
|Correction: Scotch Broom (thank you, Brandy!): These are everywhere, turning shoulders|
and banks of highways bright yellow
|Tree-sized shrubs in bloom|
|Pretty blue bachelor buttons|
|Cute and colorful and everywhere!|
|Paddle wheel, all that remains of the Henderson, a paddle-wheel|
barge that worked the river for more than half a century before
it grounded on a bank.
|Beautiful and huge roses in front of the museum|
I dropped the postcards off at the post office then walked up the hill to Oak Street and sat on a bench enjoying the town. A little coffee shop was just across the street so I walked over and bought a cappuccino to sip on my walk back to the hotel.
As always, I definitely over-packed for this trip. I'd also accumulated a full bag of dirty laundry, so did what any sane woman would do while away on a trip. I drove to a UPS Store and shipped it all home. Dirty clothes. Excess clothes. One pair of sandals. My load has now been lightened considerably!
A restaurant next door proved to be the perfect place to have lunch and then, as luck would have it, there was a grocery store right there in the same strip mall. It didn't come up in a Google search so I was so pleased that I could check one more errand off the list with ease. I purchased some bananas, fresh strawberries, a small box of Cheerios, and a box of Nature Valley granola bars.
I returned to the hotel, walked next door to Starbucks for another cappucino, then sat out on my balcony planning my next day.
Tomorrow: A drive to Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood for lunch, with stops along the way.
All photos are here: Oregon Trip Album