We're back in Oregon! It was a long annoying journey from Italy to Portland, but we made it in one piece. Will turned 25 the day after we arrived and we celebrated by buying him some fancy new suits and a pair of Oakley's; watching Captain America 2; and going out to dinner with my extended family on my mom's side.
|I don't know if you know this, but #PDXcarpet is a thing. They're replacing the carpet at the Portland airport so everyone is posting their carpet pictures before the renovation. There's even an Instagram dedicated to it.|
Then Will, Mama, and I hit the road! We drove out to Eastern Oregon and made stops along the way. The ghost town of Shaniko, John Day Fossil Beds (Clarno, Painted Hills, and Sheep Rock), and the Wallowas. Of course, we experienced some of the typical gray skies and rainy weather here and there. But for the most part, Oregon was showing off for us. Bright blue skies, big puffy clouds, and green scenery...absolutely gorgeous!
Our very first pit stop was early into our trip. I wanted to stop at the Bonneville Dam, but I wasn't paying attention and we missed the exit. Instead, we stopped at the Cascade Fish Hatchery, which is also the start of the Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls hike. We were hoping to get a quick peek at some baby fish or something, but there wasn't a lot going on. They're actually closed right now. Hence Will's grumpy face. If we have time before we leave, we might come back and do the hike. It's a little less than 4 miles in and back...totally doable day trip.