The Dalles, ORNow, I really have no clue why it's named The Dalles as didn't really go to the museum (should've but didn't).
After leaving the tri-cities area, made my way to I-84. Now, this may sound strange, but there is also an I-84 on the east coast (I lived off of it), but the one from the East doesn't seem to intersect with the one from the West. There's an I-80 in the middle, and one or two others probably, it just seemed weird.
The Dalles is nestled in the Columbia River valley and quite enjoyed the little town. I stayed at an Eagles club (2126), located real close to downtown. It is a very nice club with great people and a large interior room. They were gearing up for a blockbuster weekend as a state Eagles convention of sorts is there and all the RV spots were taken. It was time for me to move on anyways.
|Dam view with sky and hills|
One attraction worth noting in the area, for the techies, is the Google Data center, where this blog is probably stored (no clue really). It's right on the river and I walked about 1 mile (1/2 mile one way, then backtrack) and probably walked about 1/3 of the way around it. Say HI to the CCTV camera's as they're all over the place, along with armed guards, so I heard. They're gearing up for an expansion with another data center building or so. Cheap electricity plus huge tax breaks make it inviting. Would've given my left nut, or maybe both, to have gone in there and just gawk, am pretty sure though that they don't like general public to show up without an invitation.
|Wall with American flag, sigh....|
|Flood Gate at The Dalles dam|
|Organic Beef Brisquit sandwich|
|Sandwich from here, local and organic|
Oregon Trail endpoint - read more before say OH NO!I was told, by some locals, that this is the place where at least part of the overland portion of the Oregon Trail ended. Apparently, and I haven't looked this up (shame on me), but from here the trail continued down the river on the water until it met the ocean, or wherever it officially ends. Just regurgitating what was told.
As a side note, backed a Kickstarter project called Meriwether about the Oregon trail. I wonder if this location (same or different name?) will be featured.. Will have to wait an dsee!
Dufur, OROn a whim, and cause it was a nice, sunny, 70'ish degree day, decided to drive inland as saw a small town called Dufur on a map. All I did was drive out, drive through town, and drive back, didn't even shut off scooter engine. Was impressed by the little town in the middle of no place, it was a true farming town, but looked like there was mostly hay being grown.
There's not much to the town, saw the school, couple restaurants, a post office, and not much else besides a smattering of homes and other small businesses. Even a real, honest to goodness seed store. A thought went through my mind to stop in and ask if they had any GMO seed. Didn't, but thought it.
The drive out was uneventful, rolling hills and plowed, lifeless fields. It still sickens me about our sad state of farming (IMHO as always). The rolling hills was quite nice actually, just wish there was life out there. The farmers do their best still and no ill words for them. Real hard working folk.
Portland, ORStaying couple days here, dry camping (without hookups and using battery) to experience it. Will also take this time to go through some more stuff and clean out what I don't need.
|I 84 and Columbia River Valley on Oregon side|