Leaving Portland to head east for the rest of the vacation, has us traveling along the army green, mighty, Columbia River on the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway for almost 4 hours. Take this drive sometime, if you can. It's beautiful, especially for a desert rat like me to see all that water. I tried to find Pete Seegar's song on the ipod without success (but I am pretty sure it is there). Why isn't there an easy search feature?
The river in places looks more like a lake than a river. The beautiful Multnomah Falls , the second tallest falls in the country, are astounding beautiful. However, instead of stopping a "Look Lily at the Falls" was all we did. No, this isn't a slow meandering vacation....but we are having fun.
The wine country surrounding Walla Walla was beautiful although we didn't take time to go wine tasting- one choice was a limo that took you to the wineries of your choice. Now that would be the way to go. We just stocked up at the wine store in town and tested some really good pinot niors. In looking at dinner choices, Bub was opting for Dominoes but I saw that Gourmet Magazine had given Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant a great review. Man, was this a good move. The other specialty from Walla Walla, of course, is their wonderful sweet onions. We had an onion string appetizer was fantastic. The small strings in a very light batter and perfect sauce were decadently delicious! But we hadn't seen anything yet: Bub had the Kobe beef and I had the lamb chops. Both boasted a beautiful presentation and were accompanied by organic fresh vegetables. If you ever get to Walla Walla, this is the place to eat! There is also a wonderful bookstore downtown where we got the latest Magic Treehouse Book to satify some of the summer reading assignments.
The choice of hotels in Walla Walla was predicated on who had waffles as part of their complimentary breakfast and a swimming pool. Lily is a waffle eater and we dubbed breakfast Walla Walla Waffles. We giggled over the name for days.