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This weekend Polly, Bryan and I road tripped to Northern Oregon for a little getaway and retreat from Seattle.  Spending two nights in Polly’s hometown of The Dalles, Oregon, and then our final day in Portland, we had a blast.  Here is our road trip itinerary:

Friday

Leave for Oregon around 6:30 after work.

Stop in Centralia, OR (1.5 hrs south of Seattle) for Polly’s favorite, Burgerville.  Have a very healthy dinner.

Walla Walla onion rings and Northwest Chocolate Cherry frozen yogurt smoothie from Burgerville!!  Great rings and shake!
Walla Walla onion rings and Northwest Chocolate Cherry frozen yogurt smoothie from Burgerville!! Great rings and shake!

Arrive at her parent’s home in The Dalles at exactly midnight.

 

Saturday

Wake up to a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, and potato pancakes by her parents.

Pick cherries for less than an hour and in the end have about 25 lbs of cherries.

Pickin' was easy
Pickin’ was easy
Competition
Competition

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Buckets are now quite full.
Buckets are now quite full.

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Bring cherries back to the house to rinse and cool them in cooler.

Ride around on Gator on the orchards, eat several fresh apricots right off the tree.

Get soft serve at Polly’s other favorite, Big Jims Restaurant.

Twisted cone.  Yum.
Twisted cone. Yum.

Take the Dalles Dam Tour of the Dalles Dam and fish ladder.

Inside the power generator room on the Dam tour.
Inside the power generator room on the Dam tour.
Watching the fish in the fish ladder.
Watching the fish in the fish ladder.

Watch Cutting Edge movie for the first time to relax a bit.

Loved it! Drive 20 minutes to Hood River, OR, with Polly’s parents and friend from home to have dinner and brewskis at Full Sail Brewery.

Really great lager battered salmon with fries, pickled zucchini and I also got a side salad...you know, for some greens.
Really great lager battered salmon with fries, pickled zucchini and I also got a side salad…you know, for some greens.
Slainte Stout on nitro at Full Sail.  Nice and dark!!
Slainte Stout on nitro at Full Sail. Nice and dark!!

Sunday

Breakfast and then pack up the car.

Stop at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery to see some very large Rainbow Trout and Sturgeon.

A very large Sturgeon at the Bonneville fish hatchery.
A very large Sturgeon at the Bonneville fish hatchery.

Arrive in Portland. Eat at my pick, Nicholas Lebanese Restaurant.  OMG!!!  I was in heaven.  As good or better than my favorites in Michigan.  Bryan says he has seen me happiest when I water ski and when I eat Lebanese food.

So excited with this amazingly large pita bread.
So excited with this amazingly large pita bread.
First plate of the mezza platter.  Delicious hummus, tabbouli, falafel, and tzatziki.
First plate of the mezza platter. Delicious hummus, tabbouli, falafel, and tzatziki.
Plates 2 and 3 of my dinner.  Beef kafta kabob and lamb pie.  Both delicious.
Plates 2 and 3 of my dinner. Beef kafta kabob and lamb pie. Both delicious.
Ordered extra tabbouli to share.  Boxed a lot to take home.
Ordered extra tabbouli to share. Boxed a lot to take home.

Go to Powell’s Bookstore, which Portlanders absolutely love.

A full city block bookstore with multiple stories and even a Rare Books room with signed first editions of books that go for up to $25k.

Drive up to Pottick Mansion for  pretty good view of Portland.

Head home.  Traffic more than sucks.  Take 5 hours to get to Seattle from Portland.  Polly and I have gone insane by this point and are singing at the top of our lungs, dancing, and basically crying from laughter and delirium.  Bryan is not humored and wants out of the car as quickly as possible. I actually had to take a walk to “cool down” from the energy I had in the car.

 

I had a really great weekend even though I really hate riding in cars and don’t like getting stuck in traffic.  Polly and I made the best of it and had so much fun.  It was nice getting back to Seattle.  As cool as Portland is I much, much prefer Seattle!!

Chelsea

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