We started the morning in the usual way, getting up, drinking coffee, watching the ocean, and I did my morning devotional blog.
Then we hit the road for Portland. First stop, Voodoo Doughnuts.
This is a somewhat famous Portland location, with some of the strangest doughnuts we’ve ever seen. C got the “Voodoo Doll,” while S and I got these huge fritters smothered in cream cheese icing and sprinkles. Turns out there were peaches in those fritters!
There was a nice seating area outside the shop, and the weather was gorgeous, so we sat out there and ate our doughnuts. Well, we ate part of them. None of us finished one. In fact, I ate most of the rest of mine this morning, and still didn’t finish it.
As we walked back to our car, we saw a young man having a very animated conversation. With himself. Or someone we couldn’t see . . . not sure. We cut through a paid parking lot, and observed same young man having an animated conversation with a Lexus in the parking lot. He also had a marker. As we left the lot, walking toward our car (kind of hurrying by this time, to get away from this person), we overheard the parking lot attendant yelling, “Hey! You better not have just (expletive) marked on that car!” Free entertainment in Portland!
After the Voodoo Doughnuts, we are all thirsty. So we decided to see if we could find a Sonic. Several popped up on the map, so we went for the closest one. As we turned onto the street where it allegedly existed, we discovered that it was inside Washington Square Mall. What the heck, we parked and went inside. Turns out, it’s a very nice mall. On the way to the food court, we saw a Tesla dealership. Seriously. They sell Teslas in the mall. Oh. You might not know what that is. Here you go.
And it’s not just a car, it is a fully electric car. That model can go about 230 miles on a charge. It only costs around $69,000. The salesman was very nice and didn’t act like we were annoying him, at all.
Side note . . . I had heard, over the years, that people in Oregon didn’t like tourists. Let me just say that, from our experience, this is not true. Everyone we have had contact with has been extremely friendly and gracious! And some of the towns, Cannon Beach, for example, are almost entirely set up as tourist industry. In fact, we didn’t really like Cannon Beach for that reason. Haha!
Okay, back to the mall. We also saw something else that we had never seen before. An Amazon book store!
Believe it or not, we did not go in. We went on to the food court, got some Sonic drinks, and sat down for a few minutes. After a quick restroom trip, C wanted to get some shorts (it was rather warm in there), so she went to Sears while S and I sat down on a bench close to the mall exit. Soon, we were on our way to Multnomah Falls.
It took close to another hour to get there. It took us three times around the parking lot to finally catch someone leaving so we could get their spot. But we got one and stopped in at the visitor’s center. Turns out the falls are only about a quarter mile, if that far, from the center, an easy walk, with about ten steps to climb (even a ramp that avoids the stairs, if you so choose). That spot gets you a pretty good view of both the upper and lower falls.
C and I then trudged up the path to the bridge that goes across the lower falls and gets a much better view of the upper falls. The path was relatively steep, but only about two-tenths of a mile, so we braved it. We came to a first bridge that went across what we decided to call “Little Multnomah.”
The main bridge was not far from there. The view there was stunning, as was the overall feeling. We could feel the spray coming off of the upper falls, and we could see the lower falls beneath us. We took a couple of “selfies” from the bridge.
We stood there for a few minutes, just taking in the beauty, then headed back down the trail. Going down was almost as hard as going up. When we got back to the bottom, I took a picture of C and S with the lower falls in the background.
After that, we made the obligatory stop at the gift shop, where we picked up a refrigerator magnet, a plastic glass for S, and a few other odds and ends. Then, we made the long drive back to Rockaway Beach. But before we went back to the house, we decided on a restaurant for dinner. We had seen a sign for a Mexican place, so we decided to try it. Turns out, the Mexican restaurant and The Beach Bite are one and the same. They have one menu, one side Mexican, and the other side not. C got some nachos, S got some enchiladas, and I got a cup of clam chowder, and smoked salmon pasta, which was absolutely amazing! It featured, of course, bits of smoked salmon, along with mushrooms, capers, Alfredo sauce and fettuccine. Wow. Just wow. C and S liked their meals, as well.
We got back to the house, and C and I took a short walk on the beach (I needed about 1000 steps to hit my step goal for the day, and what better way to get them?), and then headed upstairs for the evening. Another wonderful day!
In a little bit, we will take the much shorter drive to Tillamook, visit the cheese factory, have some lunch there, and then drive out to Cape Meares, where there is a lighthouse. We may also visit Munson Creek Falls.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why I didn’t post more pictures of the falls, my pictures were too big and kept crashing the Internet.
That’s all for now! We’re at the halfway point of our vacation!