We hiked up the Eagle Creek Trail a couple of miles along a path that was right on the edge of the hill. It was a very cool hike but not too hard since we were with a large group and there was a time limit so that we could make it too lunch. About 2 miles up the trail we all stopped at a pebble river bed where there were a couple of waterfalls and pools. It was a really beautiful trail and if we hadn't been with a group, Janda and I would have loved to hike up further. You can apparently go to other waterfalls, some of which you can hike behind. Sounded cool.
This particular hike was chosen by the groom who had hiked it in the past. The reason that he chose this trail and this waterfall was that one can jump off the top of the waterfall into the pool below. I, of course, did not jump. I can swim but I'm not big on tall dives. It takes me 5 minutes to get up the courage to jump off a 3 foot rock at Flatrocks! Anyhow, Janda, of course, did jump off. It was chilly as every other morning had been and the water was a little cold, but he couldn't resist. When he hit the water, he discovered that it was actually a lot cold, but luckily we had the hike back to the car to warm up.
Some of the group on the Eagle Creek trail
The trail was lovely- as with every other trail we saw, it was green and mossy
Some parts were right on the edge of the hill
The pebble river bed
There was a second waterfall right around the corner
Of course he's going to do it- but from where?
The highest point he can find of course
It would have been a perfect 10 except for that splash
We got back to the parking lot and then started off to the Full Sail Brewery for lunch. Janda and I were following the bus, which was very interesting. We had to follow it into a weigh station! We got to Hood River a little after noon and the whole group had lunch at the Brewery. We were lucky enough to sit with the bride and groom, who Janda used to coach, and another of their friends who worked with Janda also. It was great to catch up and here what everyone had been doing- since that's hard to do at the wedding. The food and beer at the Brewery were excellent. I had a burger and Janda had a pulled pork sandwich, which kept us full for at least 8 hours.
After lunch the bus went back to Portland and we took advantage of having our own car to check out hood River more and then drive out to Mount Hood. Hood River was the place to be if you were interested in water sports. We walked down to the Columbia River to watch people windsurfing, kitesurfing, jet skiing and more. The water must have been cold though, b/c everyone was wearing wetsuits.
We then headed out towards Mount Hood, not to climb up, but to get a good view. The road we took was lovely and we spent a half and hour or so driving by orchards and vineyards. We popped into a ranger station to take some pictures and the ranger told us about a scenic route to get great views of not only Mount Hood, but also Mount Adams and Mount Rainier. It was about 10 miles of country road and then about 10 of dirt road. Even though we were driving a crappy Hyundai Elantra (which I specifically tried not to get!), we figured we could make it.
Mount Hood from the ranger station
The views from the top were phenomenal and totally worth the drive- just don't take an Elantra if you go! There was a house at the top that a local mountaineering club uses and from which any rescues on Mount Hood are staged. The views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams were great, sadly it was too hazy to really see Mount Rainier. There had been a fire recently on that road, so everything was sparse except the wild flowers which were all over.
Most of the trees looked like this one
Mount Adams in the distance