Driving Home From Hood River

We visit Dayl whenever we can, but not nearly enough. I usually find reasons to stay with her as long as possible, and therefore am usually in a rush to get home to Portland by the time we actually leave.
Today, however, all I had waiting for me at home was laundry and housecleaning, so we took our time heading west, stopping wherever we felt like!
Viento State Park

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Then we left Hwy 26 and took the Old Highway, first stop: Horsetail Falls

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We’ve hiked Horsetail Falls before – it’s a great hike for kids, or anyone who might not have the endurance for a more intense Gorge hike.
Just west of horsetail Falls is one of my favorite places — Oneonta Gorge To really experience this magical place, you have to wade through water. We didn’t do that today but now that the kids are big enough, I’m planning to bring them back the next warm day that we can. We still had a great time, though, we just didn’t get in to the super awesome narrow part of the gorge.

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Last stop, the requisite Multnomah Falls, where we availed ourselves of restrooms and ice cream.

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It was so nice to give ourselves permission to stop wherever we felt like, and not make a huge production out of anything. We bopped around for as long as we liked, and it felt like perfection.

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