Camping at Columbia River RV park in Portland, Oregon
Our first stop is Carver Cafe. The cafe scene in the movie Twilight with Bella and her father was filmed in this cafe. We stopped here for breakfast. The waitress showed us the table Bella and her father sat at. The cafe wasn’t full. I was surprised by that. I found the cafe on the Roadside Attraction App. The breakfast was good.
Our next stop is the Nick Burkhardt & Juliet’s house from the tv show Grimm. Portland is filled with Grimm film locations. We picked this house to satisfy our Grimm fix. Address is 805 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97211
Next, we drove to Ft Vancouver. I got 5 National Passport stamps here. Wow! The fort has several buildings on display. We saw a blacksmith giving a demonstration the day we visited. There was a blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, counting house, bakehouse, Dispensary. I like this quote I found it at the counting house. This man sat for hours inside working at a job he didn’t like while his passion was to be outside.
A quote from Robert Ballantyne the Clerk of York Factory, 1843-1845
“It is needless to describe the agonies I endured while sitting, hour after hour, on a long-legged stool, my limbs quivering for want of their accustomed exercise, while the twittering of birds, barking of dogs, lowing of cows, and neighing of horses seemed to invite me to join them in the woods.”
Next, we drove on the Hwy 14 in Washington near the Colombia River gorge. We visited the Steigerwalk Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Kevin and I added the Purple Martin to our bird life list. The Purple Martin habitat has several hanging nests for the birds to gather. The wildlife refuge was well maintained. The trails looked good. I checked off another visit to a wildlife refuge in my blue goose wildlife refuge book.
Then, over to the Oregon side to see the Bonneville Dam, Bridge of the Gods & Multnomah falls. I saw several Osprey flying around the dam looking for food. We also found a well maintained geocache at the top of the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center.
The Multnomah falls were filled with tourist. We didn’t stay there too long. The Bridge of the Gods was exciting to drive over. Its part of the Pacific Crest Trail and Reese Witherspoon in the movie Wild ended her adventure here.
We went on the Shanghai Underground Tunnel tour. I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the tour. I did, however, learn about the many men that were held in cells and sold to ship captains for labor. The tour guide also told us many ghost stories about the tunnels under Portland. The tour was worth the $14.00 a person we paid.
I have a good friend named Vance that lives in Portland. I met him while I was stationed in Germany with the Army. We had a good visit at Voodoo Donuts in Portland. Oregon.
I like visiting with good friends.
Next, Kevin and I are camping at Birch Bay Thousand Trails in Washington to do some volksmarching & visit Harbor Days in Blaine, Washington.
- Purple Martin- new life list bird
- Scrub Jay
- Common Yellowthroat- new life list bird