Our home last night was the Vancouver RV Park, a distinctly urban park with tight sites, full hookups, and a prohibition against tents. It served our purpose nicely yesterday. Today we took advantage of the location and after pulling out we drove a few short blocks to the Fred Meyers, the local grocery superstore owned by Kroger. We fueled the truck, purchased provisions for the next few days, and capped it off with coffee and a scone from the Starbucks that shared the parking lot. Not caring to contend with Portland traffic on the morning after a holiday we made our way east along the Columbia to the Bridge of the Gods. After crossing into Oregon we began to follow Historic US-30 and soon realized we wanted to poke our way along this stretch without the T@B in tow so we pulled into Ainsworth State Park and dropped the T@B on Site B4. The next few hours we happily explored Horsetail Falls, the Oneonta Tunnel, and Multnomah Falls.  On our trip in 2008 we’d explored the stretch from Portland to Multnomah stopping frequently to hike and ending the adventure with a late lunch at the lodge. This time we traveled in the opposite direction, and more time and energy at Multnomah and hiked up to the bridge for a better view of the upper falls and a bit further for a view of the river. And we couldn’t resist stopping in for a dinner at the lodge! We shared a generous portion of Fish and Chips then followed our server’s suggestion and finished with an amazing Maionberry Shortcake topped with Tillamook Vanilla Ice Cream. The shortcake is a breakfast biscuit that’s been soaked overnight in buttermilk then baked again. In all we found four geocaches along this short stretch of highway and soaked in an amazing amount of scenery and history.


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