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
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.