|We're off early this morning, traveling northwest on I84 to a final destination of Tualatin, Oregon. It's nearly 450 miles so we expect nine hours of travel plus an hour loss entering the Pacific Time Zone.
En route, we pass Caldwell, Ontario, and make a stop at Baker City, (We'll return staying overnight on homeward journey.) NW out of Baker City, Is Wallowa-Whitman National Forest to left and Wallowa Mountains on the right. Even though I84 is central to each, the vistas are beautiful. Hilgard Junction snakes through a beautiful canyon between two national parks and forests leading on to Pendleton. Turning WNW we meet up, at Boardman, with the Columbia River, our prevailing scenic venue to Portland.
The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Up to 4,000 feet deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River down to eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the gorge furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean. Several sights along the way are shown above.
Arriving at Portland, the route takes us south on Interstate 5 to Tualatin. Rush hour traffic is no different than elsewhere and we inch to the Tualatin exit. After a few turn slip-ups we finally arrive at 17965 Shawnee Trail, and our hosts for the next few days, Brenda and Buck Braden.
It's been a long time since Carolyn and Brenda have been together thus a very warm welcome greeted us.