First we drove into town on a beautiful afternoon and found a parking garage a few blocks away from the store.
That was fun, next we went over a few blocks and found the Wells Fargo History Museum. The museum is actually a number of well-done displays in the very big lobby of the Wells Fargo Bank. This is one of eleven such museums that Wells Fargo operates throughout the West.
Wells Fargo was a key element in the California Gold Rush transporting gold and valuables all throughout the territory and beyond.
Shortly out of town we noticed signs of a backup and slowdown. Five miles of creeping along and we saw the reason. A crane was onsite to help get this big 5th wheel out of a ditch. Hard to say how that happened but it didn't look good. Hope no one was hurt.
Sometimes I am amazed how we do this to ourselves. We know this is the tourist high season, but for some reason did not take that into account. By the time we got near the Visitor Center there were no parking places to be had. It was lunch time and people were not leaving.
We went past the falls, turned around and came back through the Visitor Center and Lodge area and still came up empty on a parking place.
We did however go past another falls in the area: Horsetail Falls. Beautiful stuff.
A few miles later we turned around again went past the Lodge one more time and then continued past the Lodge again creeping along in traffic before we decided to get over to US Highway 84 and see if we could get into a larger parking lot in between the east and westbound lanes of the highway.
We had no problem there - it should have been our first choice. It was a short walk to an under-the-highway path to the Visitor Center and Lodge.
Yesterday we also got out and ran some errands at Costco. We took the back road (Marina Drive) that runs along the Columbia River. There is a nice bike path and park and we came across a unique community. This historical marker notes the farthest point the British traveled inland in 1792 from the mouth of the Columbia River and named it after explorer and British Naval Officer George Vancouver.
Farther west on down the river, we came upon a number of houses built on floating docks along the shore line in one area.
Those are some of the sights we've seen in the past few days. We are enjoying the great weather and interesting place in the Portland area.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!