A one hour tour on the Sternwheeler

Somehow I got left behind on my parent’s excursion to the Gorge with my Auntie Carol on Friday. I guess I wasn’t moving fast enough in the morning and they assumed I wasn’t coming. But in reality, I was trying to get my buns moving and out the door so I could go on an adventure. Instead, I’m calling over there trying to figure out if they’re waiting for me and no one is answering their phones. I got left behind. I was a bit bummed. They must have assumed since I wasn’t bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning that I didn’t want to go. So, I’m not a morning person. I was up. I was moving. I was trying to get my little butt out the door. But nope, the early birds were out to get some worms, apparently.

 

 

Life preserver on the Sternwheeler

Life preserver on the Sternwheeler

 

And then, just when I was thinking it was after noon and my other Auntie should be up by now and maybe I should call over to the hotel and see if Auntie Leilani and Uncle Bill were up and wanting to do something, my phone starts ringing. They’re calling me. Ready to go on an adventure. Can you believe it? So, off we head to the Gorge several hours behind my parents and Auntie Carol. I tried texting the early bird expedition to see where they were, but didn’t get an answer while we were on our way there.

 

The captains cabin

The captains cabin

 

We decided we were going out to the Sternwheeler to see Sasquatch and the Sacagawea  statue. We passed by the East-Wind drive in, looked right over at it and noted that we were going by the ice cream place. Then kept on going to the next road down to Marine Park and the stuff we wanted to see. As we are getting ready to board the boat, I finally get a text back from my Auntie Carol that they had just left the ice cream place and were on their way home. We’d passed right by them and didn’t even see them!

 

You can ring my bell

You can ring my bell

 

So, off we went on a one hour cruise (Yes, if you must know,  I’m singing that to the Gilligan’s Island theme song tune. Feel free to join in!)

 

Look to the sky

Look to the sky

 

Supposedly there were dolphins in the river. But they were just old pilings or poles used to support fishing nets. What a disappointment. Auntie Leilani and I heard the word ‘dolphins’ and were hoping we’d see real live ones. Or at least some pretend ones jumping out of the water for us to see.

 

Life boat

Life boat

 

Apparently, Pocohontas lived on one of the little islands in the river. She got there by way of the zip lines on the Washington river side by putting her hair over the lines and then zipping down.

 

The prow

The prow

 

Auntie Leilani and Uncle Bill would make great tour guides. They came up with all sorts of funny little side stories for what we were seeing off the side of the boat.

 

The side deck of the Sternwheeler

The side deck of the Sternwheeler

 

So, it sucks to be left behind. But you never know when a new adventure is waiting for you just around the corner!

 

End of the cruise

End of the cruise

 

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta roll with the punches!

 

Take life the way it comes at you quote

Take life the way it comes at you quote

 

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Gresham Butte – a city hike

Not sure what I was thinking Gresham Butte was like when I decided to head up there with my son after church a couple of Sundays ago. I guess I was thinking it was just an overlook of the city and mountains nearby. Ha! There was an overlook area where you could look out across the Columbia River towards Washington and see Mt. St. Helens in the distance, but really, there is a big wilderness area you can hike through as well.

So here I was dressed in cutesy little patent leather loafers rather than hiking boots or tennis shoes as pictured in my last post, totally unprepared for a small city hike. I found myself walking slightly on my tip toes part of the way up the path when my shoes started rubbing on my heels. …At least I was wearing flats.

I had my good camera with me, but no additional lenses and was quite disappointed I couldn’t capture the woodpeckers we saw along the way in my photos because I didn’t have a telephoto lens with me.

At the top, there were just some funny tree stumps and a water tower. I was feeling disappointed at that, too. But, my son had been on this hike before and told me that if you took the path to the left, you’d run into an old bus. So, off we went. And, the old bus was not a disappointment! It looked like an old food cart with a side open window. I thought it could have been a fine craft services cart back in it’s hey day. (For those of you not familiar with that term. On a set, they always have a craft services area set up somewhere. Sadly, there are never any crafts at these carts. But – there are always snacks and drinks for the extras and crew!)

I would definitely do this hike again. In tennis shoes.  Just for the awesome old bus on the path out in the middle of nowhere.  I’m surprised I live so close to it and have never hiked on this trail before. Yeah to adventures close to home!

 

The path to adventure, at Gresham Butte

The path to adventure at Gresham Butte

 

Funny old tree

Funny old tree

 

Hatched

Hatched

 

Rusty old bus

Rusty old bus

 

Fungi

Fungi

 

Graffiti

Graffiti

 

Wild flowers with a dandelion companion

Wild flowers with a dandelion companion

 

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