A few weekends ago we drove East of Portland to Hood River and The Dalles. I was super pleasantly surprised about this area. The scenery is breathtaking and not like anything I’ve seen before. I haven’t experienced much desert in my life but The Dalles gave me a “desert” vibe. It is close to the desert area of Oregon after all.
The Dalles is only 1 hour and a half from Portland but is very different in scenery. The soil, the mountains, and the weather are much different. The Dalles gets much less rain and much more sun than wet Portland creating a big difference in the look of the environment.
I’ve never been, but for some reason, it reminded me of New Mexico but with the Pacific Northwest touch. I don’t know how that works, a place reminding you of a place you’ve never been to.
We stayed the night in The Dalles at a wonderful Airbnb, which I highly recommend if you are ever in the area. The hosts were so nice, and the breakfast was out of this world. It included homemade blueberry muffins to die for, and we had their outdoor heated pool and insane jacuzzi all to ourselves.
On our way back after a great night’s sleep, we decided to cross the bridge to Washington, visit a couple wineries, and head back to our current home several miles west of Portland.
It was a good decision. The bridge that connects Oregon and Washington had incredible views of the surrounding scenery and Mt. Hood at a distance.
We parked at the end of the bridge and walked to the middle of the bridge to see The Dalles Dam a bit more up close.
A couple trains went by while we were there and I enjoyed looking at them from above.
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