Off to the beautiful city of Seattle I go! After spending five days in Oregon with family to celebrate my nephew's graduation, the road took us on our way to the beautiful city of Seattle. After we left our rental cabin in Oregon, we took the scenic route down through Hood River, OR. Hood River is an amazing place right on the banks of the Columbia River. As we winded our way through town, we came upon another idea for a first! Paddle boarding in the mighty Columbia River. No easy feat as you watch the wind whipping down around the water. Hood River is a mecca for people to come windsurfing and kiteboarding. Folks travel from all over the world to sport here. The beauty is jaw dropping and the water looks inviting but can be crazy dangerous with the currents and winds. We chose a mellow spot that appeared to be kind of it's own little quiet enclave. After getting in our swim suits, we headed into the rental shop to get our paddle boards. This particular concession is right by the marina. The staff was really helpful and the equipment was perfect for our first foray into the river. As we dropped in at the mouth of the marina, it became very apparent that this not your quiet tidal pool. Waves slapped at our boards as we struggled to navigate our way through the waters. After paddling for just a bit, the fun turned into taking the boards to surf the waves onto the shore. A good time was had by all, a good work-out and time to jump into the car. Our route took us over the bridge into White Salmon, WA and on down WA-14 towards I-5.
As the driver, I was the only one who did not get to partake in the heavy napping that was going on inside the car. Their loss as I got to see some incredible scenery along the banks of the river. It's about an hour drive to I-5 when you come into Vancouver, WA. We decided to stop and eat at one of my favorite places for lunch. Beaches Cafe (www.beachesrestaurantandbar.com) is a great spot where you can sit and look out into the river, enjoy the sunshine and some great food all at the same time. They are very kid-friendly and brought my son the usual placemat to color on, but it was the trip to the treasure chest to retrieve a toy that usually brings the smile to his face. The menu varies from burgers, shrimp and all the way down the line to the wonderful beef teriyaki bowl that I decided to order. We had to, of course, finish up our meal with the delicious key lime pie that they have on their menu.
Back in the car we go and on the I-5 Northbound for about another two and a half hours. As we rounded the final bend into Seatlle, I was met with the lovely skyline that let us know our destination was near. It was a long day but filled with adventure. Knowing that I had another first on my list made me realize how blessed I was to be living this adventure. The excitement of paddle boarding was amazing and ending the night by having a great dinner at one of Seattle's cool restaurants Rock Bottom (http://www.rockbottom.com/locations/seattle) was the perfect end to a perfect day. Stay tuned for my next installment where I give you the reader, a tour into some cool Seattle tourist spots!
Until My Next Adventure,