I mentioned going to the lavender fields last weekend, so this week I thought I’d share more photos from that trip this week.
We ended up going to Columbia View Lavender farm as it was the closest one open to the public. All the lavender farms participating in the lavender festival were far away and this one was open and nearby, so off we went.
I must say, you are hit with the scent of lavender the moment you step out of your car. It only gets stronger as you walk towards the lavender fields. And the sound of the bees buzzing grows louder as you walk closer. I chose to walk only on the big main aisles in the lavender because I didn’t want to get stung by all the busy bees out happily pollinating away in the lavender fields.
The scent of lavender isn’t my favorite scent in the whole world, but I like it okay. I prefer the scent of my lily of the valley when it’s blooming for only a couple of weeks in the late spring. But, be that as it may, I don’t mind the scent of lavender and I love the purple fields full of it. Wonderful for taking photos in and of the lavender.
Once you have gone to the lavender farm, just past it is the Portland Women’s Forum with a wonderful lookout over to Crown Point, so you may as well keep heading up the road to more adventures after you’ve gotten your fill of lavender fields. We certainly did!
I was so happy to make it out to the Columbia River Gorge this past weekend – mostly to Latourelle Falls, due to there being so many people trying to get out and enjoy the nice weather the day we went.
First stop was the Portland Women’s Forum. We had a great view of Crown Point and Vista House. Next, we tried to stop at Crown Point, but there was only enough parking for one of our cars to stop. (We had three vehicles going out there with all the relatives in town.)
So, off we went to Latourelle Falls. I happily walked around there for a bit taking photos all the while, not realizing I was going to pay for it later as I’d had an injury to my tailbone that was starting to feel better, but wasn’t all the way healed up yet, and this trip triggered me to go right back to that first day of pain and start the healing process all over again. Wah.
Next, we tried to go to Multnomah Falls – apparently a landslide a week or so earlier had dumped 30 cubic yards, or three truckloads, of debris on the road so the road was shut down and still had not been cleared for through traffic the next week on the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway between Angels Rest and Multnomah Falls. So all the cars trying to get through were turning around and heading down to the freeway to try and get to Multnomah Falls that way. But, the parking lot off the freeway was full, so we had to keep going. We could see a pile up of cars trying to get in from the other direction, so we decided not to try and go there after all. For me, this was probably a blessing in disguise because at that time, little did I know I was making my tailbone injury worse until the pain started creeping back in later that day. I’m sure I would have at least tried to hike up to the upper bridge and I’d probably be in a lot worse shape now if I had.
Instead, it was on to Horsetail Falls. Again, the Oregonians seemed to be out in droves trying to enjoy one of the first days of nice weather we’ve had since winter began. There was no parking to be found. That waterfall is pretty close to the road, so we just did a drive by of that one without getting out of the car.
And, without having done much hiking to earn our treat at the end of our day trip, we ended up at East Wind restaurant up at Cascade Locks where we like to finish the day when we go out to the Columbia River Gorge.
We thought we’d go back the next day and try to make it to Multnomah Falls, but we were probably too sorry of a lot by then – me with my tailbone injury, my cousin with MS, my dad with his neuropathy and my mom had chemo all morning. So we didn’t attempt another trip. Sadly, I’m probably not going to make it back out there for another month or so while trying to heal up, but it sure was nice to get out there again.