Columbia River Gorge

In search of some great views and hiking around the Portland area, my boyfriend and I decided to venture to the Columbia River Gorge. We took the Historic Columbia River Highway and hiked a short distance to Latourell Falls and the beautiful 620 foot Multnomah Falls….two of the dozens of waterfalls you can see in and around Mt. Hood.

After taking in the beautiful views, we decided to head to Mount Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl…a ski resort turned into a summer fun park complete with go karts, a 100 foot bungee jump tower,  rock climbing, a 500 foot zip line, and more! We bought an “adventure package” which included go karts, 1 bungee jump, 1 reverse bungee jump, 1 zip line and 1 rock climb for around $40 per person. The reverse bungee was broken that day so we opted for 2 – 100 ft bungee jumps! What a rush! The staff was very friendly and laid back…typical ski bums who work at the ski hill during the winter and adventure park in the summer.

On the way home we stopped at a local bar and grill called SkyWay for supper and a few drinks. The loud red color of the bar makes it impossible to miss from the road but the character of the bar doesn’t stop there…the interior walls are adorned with murals, kooky decorations, and silver embossed ceiling tiles. The staff was very friendly and recommended their famous macaroni and cheese–a deliciously creamy dish topped with crispy bread crumbs (a perfect combination!).  The bar often hosts live bands and has an outdoor seating area complete with a fire pit (unfortunately we didn’t stick around for either as there was a wedding party occupying the bar that night but would love to go back and check it out!).

Next week I am renting a cabin at Mount Hood for my 24th birthday to go skiing with friends. I will be sure to let you know how it goes!

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Posted by: Denise Angvick on Denise’s Dish