Sunday, July 17, 2011


After our trip to the Redwoods National Forest, we traveled on to Grants Pass, Oregon for our overnight stay before heading on to Portland on Saturday morning.  Before starting, we once again had to have a car wash.  It's amazing how dirty your car gets when you're traveling.

While finishing up our drive through Oregon, we stopped off at the University of Oregon.  Their football field just happened to have an open gate so we took a trip down to the field.

We got back on the road and headed on to Portland.  When we arrived there, we got a great glimpse of the snow-covered Mt. Hood off in the distance.  It is the highest peak in Oregon standing at over 11,000 feet.

We actually stayed in Vancouver, Washington (right across the Oregon/Washington state line).  Our hotel was directly across the street from the town square complete with a couple of fountains for kids to play in as well as a playground and a gazebo for concerts.  After checking into our hotel, we headed back to downtown Portland for a visit to Powell Books.  They claim to be the world's largest independent bookstore selling new and used books, and they take up a whole city block.  After finishing up at the bookstore, we grabbed some dinner and ate it in the park across from our hotel.  Then the girls took off to the playground.

The next morning we headed back to the park to visit the Farmer's Market.  There were lots of street vendors set up selling all kinds of food, flowers, and especially Washington cherries.

Posing at a fountain in the park

Checking out the Farmer's Market

Playing with some puppies someone had for sale

 I couldn't resist snapping this picture.
Not sure if this was for weather protection or
if it helped with the aerodynamics.  HA!

Then we went back to the hotel, grabbed some towels and our books, and it was back to the park.  We spread out under a shade tree and just read and relaxed.  Then it was back to the hotel for some swimming before dinner and a bedtime.

Ashlee's favorite part about this hotel...
they had a conference room named after her.

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