Or, the end of our stay in Boring, OR. We're really going to miss the best thing about our fantastic parking spot - free blueberries!
One thing I really wanted to do here was hike up to the top of Beacon Rock.
It's a very interesting trail - built on the side of the rock.
There are 53 switchbacks in all!
Going up, you get a great view of the Columbia River -
And you can even see Bonneville Dam in the distance.
We also had a very special tour of the Guide Dogs for the Blind facility here in Boring. This very friendly guy was there to greet us. He is a "career change" dog, who did not work out as a guide dog. Why not???
No, this wasn't why. Turns out he was a sock eater.
But this was a very special day, because they were having a graduation ceremony for 6 dogs and their new owners. They should have provided tissues - there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
We also took a trip to Oregon City, the end of the Oregon Trail. We took the elevator here down to the Willamette River -
Where we saw Willamette Falls, although the Falls were barely flowing.
But we did get a nice view of some baby osprey.
I also went to see the Riverview Abbey Mausoleum. It's a huge place - 35-40,000 people are buried here!
Including my grandparents.
We ended our Boring visit with a spectacular full moon.
On our next Boring day (oh, I mean day in Boring...) we went back to see all the waterfalls on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Although I guess you should save the best for last, if you do that here, you won't find a parking space. So we started out with gigantic Multnomah Falls.
We walked up to the bridge to get a close-up look at the Upper Falls.
Then moved on to Horsetail Falls, which was right by the road.
I loved the volcanic rock formation behind the falls.
We then moved on to Wahkeena Falls -
And Bridal Veil Falls.
And last, but not least, Latourell Falls.
It drops straight down from an overhanging basalt cliff.
A close-up of the columnar basalt formations.
While at Latourell Falls, a butterfly got very attached to me, and traveled with me quite a ways.
He even got on my hand and rode!
On our way home, we stopped at a lavender farm, just to take some photos.
The smell was amazing, and the bees really loved it.