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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 3 Exploring Oregon

Gearhart Motel
This is the morning view from our window.
Tammy and I had a lazy start today. We sat next to the fire eating porridge for a healthy breakfast at the Gearhart where we stayed last night. Mom was with us during our search for lodging last night. Just as my level of frustration was getting to a high point, Tammy pulled up to a hotel I doubted we could afford. I really did not want to spend $179 for a place to sleep. Tammy came out of the Gearhart with good news. They had just reduced their rates so we got a nice room for $100.  Thanks, Mom!I have tried for 2 days to edit this post...I give up. Here it is "as is":
  Gas prices have been around $3.75-$3.79 since we hit Portland. In search of a drugstore this morning, we found a gas station selling gas for $3.60 and Tammy gave them her a Kroger gas card that caused the price to go to $3.50!  Thanks, Mom! We learned that the gas attendant has to pump your gas by Oregon state law.  The attendant can get fined $3,000 if you pump your own gas! Keeps them hopping.

Fill 'er up!
Finally we get on the road. We take the last few miles on 101 and turn right onto Rt 30, which will take us back to Portland following the Oregon River.  We are delighted to find that we can still pick up 100.7 FM, which we landed on yesterday afternoon.  Life is good out here on the road.  Here is some of what we saw.

Stopped here for a map. A bait and tackle kind of place.
 Now we hit the road.

Nothing taste better than a hotdog with mustard from a quick stop when you are traveling.

Multnomah Falls
From Expedia: g the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m). Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the falls, and by the United States Forest Service, as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.[1] However, there is some skepticism surrounding this distinction, as Multnomah Falls is listed as the 137th tallest waterfall in the United States by the World Waterfall Database (this site does not distinguish between seasonal and year-round waterfalls

Back on the road through the Gorge.

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