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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

This entry is being called 'exercise' because I got a bit more than planned, but, hey. This is another entry of my Northwest Sojourn narrative.

The next day of being in Portland, I discovered that there were fresh blueberry scones in the lobby of the hotel. All right!!! Coffee and scones to start off the day. The blueberries are antioxidants, right?

It was Sunday, so we searched out a church, and decided on the Cathedral downtown.
Dear church-going friends, check your parish's website and see if the service times are listed prominently on the first page. If not tell someone who can fix that. I spent about an hour just looking for a service. Anyway, this church was a great find; beautiful music, excellent sermon and very friendly interesting people at the coffee hour. They even have a labyrinth in
the parish hall and Taize services. I could become a member there if we were living in Portland.

I'd heard that there was a waterfall close by to Portland, so we made our way to Multnomah falls along a beautiful drive through the Columbia River gorge. By the time we arrived, we were hungry so stopped at the restaurant and lodge before exploring. They had their Sunday buffet out, and I wish I had pictures. It was a feast. I especially enjoyed the fresh salmon, beautiful salad and little cheese balls rolled in Filbert nuts. (As a matter of fact a few of those ended up in my pocket rolled in a paper napkin. Just couldn't help it. ) The dining room does have lodge feel, although the porch area is completely glassed in so that diners can see the falls
Pretty spectacular

The falls themselves are pretty spectacular. They're actually higher than Niagra.


The little bridge pictured is as far as most people go, but there is a paved trail that switches back and forth along the left side all the way to the top. Of course we walked the trail! Although we brought tennis shoes with us, it was still steep. We don't have hills in Florida.
But it was worth it, so beautiful, and there was that drive to reach the goal. Reaching the top would not happen this day, though. We had a dinner date at our nephew's, and had to get back. I quit reluctantly, even though my toes were hurting from going downhill, and my calves were burning.

We had a wonderful evening with our nephew, the children and his in-laws.
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PMFISH 8/3/2012 12:16AM

    Going to have to go back and check all your Portland blogs. That is one part of our country that I have not explored. I appreciate you sharing.

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VALERIEMAHA 8/2/2012 5:25PM

    Check it out -- I almost went to Multnomah School of the Bible (an evangelical Missionary Prep school). My parents compromised with me saying, get your BA and then we'll pay for you to go there. SMART MOVE, mom and dad!

That cathedral looks quite amazing and I love that labyrinth (we take a portable cloth labyrinth with us into the prisons).

Such a special part of the American landscape! I LOVE the "left coast."
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/2/2012 4:52PM

    Beautiful pictures! I can relate to the difficulty of "hill climbing" after coming from a flat area. I live in Illinois in the winter in a very flat area and then come to East Tennessee in the summers. The first few times I hike (bike or run) in Tennessee, I think I'm going to die!

Your vacation sounds delightful!

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DMF2012 8/2/2012 5:51AM

    Thanks for sharing - what a great visit to Portland. Love the pics!

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SLASALLE 8/1/2012 6:13PM

    What beauty as I follow along your journey through your blogs. Your great-nephew is adorable and Portland is lovely, flowers, fruits, veggies, waterfalls and all.

Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie

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